General, Cosmetic, & Periodontal Dentistry located in Cumming, GA
In order to keep your smile beautiful, you have to keep your teeth clean and healthy. That’s why consistent dental cleanings and checkups should be just as important to you as making a regular visit to your primary care doctor. Dr. Page Barden, DDS, MSD, and his staff at Inspiring Smiles in Cumming, Georgia, are ready to help you maintain that beautiful smile and make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental Cleaning Q & A
Why do I need dental cleanings?
Dental cleanings are of the utmost importance to your oral health. Regular cleanings can help prevent decay and gum disease. Skipping a dental cleaning can cause plaque buildup, which leads to tooth decay and gum recession; both can be dangerous and inconvenient. When plaque and bacteria form in the mouth, pain is inevitable, and can even lead to tooth loss.
What happens during a cleaning?
During your routine cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will remove any plaque that has gathered since your last visit, polish your teeth, floss them, and potentially give you fluoride treatment. Often times a dental hygienist will complete your cleaning, and if they see any issues, they will request the dentist’s presence. Your dentist will also check your teeth at the end of your visit regardless, and see if you have any questions about your oral health.
What do dental cleanings prevent?
Besides plaque buildup, cleanings can also help:
- Prevent cavities
- Prevent tooth loss
- Visibly brighten your smile
- Freshen breath
- Boost overall oral health
These are just a few of the benefits that receiving a cleaning provides. For instance, it can be quite difficult to detect a cavity on your own, especially when there are no outward signs (e.g. pain or sensitivity to hot/cold). But cavities, if not caught, can cause much greater problems. The tooth with the cavity could become cracked, or the decay can even reach the tooth’s nerve, leading to a root canal.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Twice yearly cleanings are the general rule of thumb. If you present with one or more risk factors having to do with your teeth or gums, though, or are predisposed to something like gum disease, more visits may be suggested.
If you have pockets around your teeth of 4mm or more, your dentist will recommend a deep cleaning. When receiving a deep cleaning, the teeth are scrapped of the tartar from both above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to gum disease. After scaling and planing, the pockets are irrigated with an antiseptic solution. In most cases, deep cleaning is not the answer, and a standard cleaning will do. If you think you might be a good candidate for a deep cleaning, ask your dentist for more information.
There is a great deal to be gained from receiving consistent dental cleanings. If you’re due for a teeth cleaning, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Inspiring Smiles.