Stop Dental Issues Before They Begin
As any dentist will tell you, the best way to treat serious dental issues is to stop them from developing in the first place. Through routine dental cleanings and checkups, our doctors and hygienists at Misch Implant Dentistry will eliminate bacterial buildup and work closely with you to find a preventative treatment plan that works best for your oral condition and keep your smile healthy for years to come.
The Advantages of Teeth Cleaning
Good at-home oral hygiene habits such as twice-daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining a long-lasting smile. But, no matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, plaque and tartar buildup will still occur, eventually resulting in cavities, tooth infection, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
The only way to eliminate this harmful bacterial buildup is by getting a professional teeth cleaning at least every six months. Only our doctors and hygienists have the training and specialized tools necessary for removing hard-to-reach plaque and tartar.
Routine cleanings also provide a perfect opportunity for your doctor to examine your oral condition for any early warning signs of developing dental health issues, including oral cancer, gum disease, cavities, and more.
The following is a brief list of advantages routine teeth cleanings provide:
- Eliminates plaque and tartar buildup
- Reduces teeth stains
- Allows your doctor to check for common dental health issues
- Ensures your teeth and gums stay healthy
What to Expect During Your Routine Teeth Cleaning
Gum Health Inspection
When it comes to your oral health, healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth. Tartar buildup can often lead to gum disease and gum recession, resulting in exposed tooth roots and even tooth loss. That’s why our specialists take time to closely examine the condition of your gums before cleaning your teeth. If we notice any signs of gum recession or gum disease, we will recommend further treatment to prevent your condition from getting worse.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Once we’ve inspected your gums, your hygienist will begin your teeth cleaning. We use specialized dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. This cleaning will also help reduce tooth stains and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Once finished, the hygienist will give your teeth a quick polish to keep them sparkling and slow down bacterial buildup.
Finally, your doctor will give your newly cleaned teeth a brief examination. In addition to physically examining your teeth, the doctor will consult your chart and x-rays to help them zero in on any problem areas or troubling patterns. Your Dentist might recommend further treatment or give you tips on how to slow or reverse tooth decay, inflammation, or gum recession. We would be happy to answer any questions you have or to hear about any discomfort, sensitivity, or dental pain you’ve experienced.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our general recommendation is to schedule a dental cleaning and checkup every six months. However, based on your specific requirements, the dentist may advise more frequent visits. In certain cases, appointments may be scheduled further in advance due to insurance or cost considerations.
Take immediate action! If you experience any oral pain or discomfort, do not hesitate to contact us without delay. While cleanings serve as a valuable preventive measure, it is important to note that discussions about oral issues are not limited to these appointments alone. Even if your concern appears minor, inform us promptly so we can address it while it is still manageable.
Indeed, checkups encompass the comprehensive examination of your entire mouth, including gums, tongue, bones, and other oral structures. Even if you wear dentures, it is important for us to see you to assess the condition and proper fit of your dentures, as well as to evaluate the overall health of your mouth.
Most dental cleanings last between 30 minutes to an hour on average, and are performed in a lying position in a comfortable dental chair.
Opt for toothpaste that contains fluoride and is specifically designed to control tartar. While you may excel at brushing your teeth, it is crucial to incorporate dental floss into your oral hygiene routine as the sole means of removing plaque from the spaces between your teeth and preventing tartar buildup in these challenging-to-reach areas. Make it a habit to rinse your mouth on a daily basis. Utilize an antiseptic mouthwash regularly to effectively eliminate bacteria responsible for plaque formation.
Following a routine dental cleaning, it is generally acceptable to consume food. However, it is advisable to steer clear of acidic or abrasive food and drinks. In the event that you received a fluoride treatment during your cleaning, it is recommended to wait for a minimum of 30 minutes before eating anything.
Continuing to brush and floss your teeth after they have been cleaned is the best way to maintain the work your dentist has done.