Teeth cleanings are essential if you want to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar in your mouth, as well as serious issues like cavities and gum disease. Teeth cleanings are often accompanied by oral exams and x-rays which check for the presence of tooth decay, infections, or other oral health issues.
After your teeth cleaning, we will apply a coating of fluoride to your teeth which offers extra protection against cavities for months. Call our team today to make an appointment for professional dental cleaning in Washington, DC.
How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
Typically, patients should get their teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months. However, people who are prone to dental issues may need to visit their dentist for professional cleaning as often as every three months. Regular cleanings and oral exams prevent the formation of cavities, tooth decay, and unwanted buildup of plaque and tartar.
The Teeth Cleaning Process
Professional teeth cleaning consists of several steps, including an oral exam, the removal of plaque and tartar, cleaning the teeth with professional-grade toothpaste and a high-powered electric brush, professional flossing, and finally, a fluoride treatment.
- Oral Exam – Before the cleaning can begin, your dentist will perform an oral exam to check for the presence of tooth decay, inflammation, or any other problems with the teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken if you are experiencing symptoms such as pain or swelling.
- Plaque & Tartar Removal – A dental tool called a scaler is used to remove plaque and tartar from the gum line and between your teeth. The best way to treat plaque and tartar is through prevention. By regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, you’re less likely to experience a buildup of plaque and tartar.
- Professional-Grade Brushing – The dentist will use a high-powered electric toothbrush and a professional toothpaste to clean your teeth. The toothpaste has a gritty consistency which effectively scrubs and polishes the teeth.
- Flossing – Most people don’t floss enough or at all, so this is a crucial part of the teeth cleaning process. The dentist will use professional tools to floss in between your teeth and you will feel much bigger openings in the spaces between your teeth afterward. If you already regularly floss, this process will remove leftover plaque or toothpaste that was left behind from earlier in the cleaning.
- Fluoride Treatment – Before the fluoride treatment is applied, your dentist will have you rinse out your mouth to remove any leftover debris from the cleaning. This rinse will also contain fluoride. Finally, the fluoride gel is spread over your teeth which will help protect your teeth from tooth decay.
What Are The Benefits Of Professional Teeth Cleanings?
Regular teeth cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned every six months comes with a lot of benefits, including:
- Reduction of plaque & tartar
- Reduced risk of gingivitis
- Prevention of cavities/tooth decay
- Better smelling breath
- Whiter teeth
- Prevents gum disease
- Saves you money on preventable dental problems
Get Your Smile Back On Track
If you are in need of a dental checkup, we invite you to schedule a visit with us! With an exam, cleaning and dental x-rays, you can have the peace of mind that your oral health is where it should be. Call our team to set up your appointment today!