Taking good care of your mouth is essential for maintaining your oral health and preventing serious issues like gum disease and tooth decay from occurring. To maintain good oral health, it is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. While these habits are crucial, though, they are only one part of maintaining optimal oral health. To keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful, it is also recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned. Anchorage Dental Associates is here to help.
The Importance of Dental Cleanings
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day are essential habits for maintaining a healthy mouth. However, even if you brush and floss properly every single day, there are some areas of your mouth that are harder to clean than others. Consistently missing areas of your mouth can lead to serious issues like cavities and gum disease. Professional cleanings are imperative for cleaning all surfaces of your teeth, including the ones that you cannot effectively clean on your own. With specialized tools, we can thoroughly clean your teeth, keeping your risk of developing oral health complications to a minimum.
Your Dental Cleaning
The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Cleanings are simple, straightforward procedures. We begin your cleaning by scraping all visible surfaces of your teeth, including along and just below the gum line. We work to remove plaque, bacteria, and other debris that have collected on the surfaces of your teeth. We are also able to remove the most stubborn tartar, or calcified plaque that cannot be removed no matter how much you brush and floss.
After scraping your teeth, they are polished. This is accomplished using an electric handpiece and dental polish. The polish contains abrasives that scrub the surfaces of your teeth. This helps to leave your teeth smooth, clean, and bright. Finally, we floss your teeth, working to remove plaque buildup from between your teeth. Flossing also aids in removing loose debris and polish that may have collected during your cleaning. If necessary, your cleaning can be completed with a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings offer several significant benefits.
All buildup, including the most stubborn tartar, is removed from all surfaces of your teeth. This helps to prevent the formation of serious issues like cavities and gum disease.
You are provided with a brighter, whiter smile. Scraping and polishing not only remove buildup, but they also help to remove surface stains.
You leave with fresher breath. By eliminating plaque, bacteria, and other debris, we can help provide you with fresher, cleaner breath.
You save money. In addition to proper daily brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings help you to avoid serious oral health issues that otherwise require invasive, expensive treatments.
What about Exams?
In addition to dental cleanings, the ADA also recommends twice yearly routine exams. These exams are typically done at the same appointment as your cleanings. During your exams, your teeth and gums are looked over for signs of chips, cracks, decay, and infection. Periodic X-rays are also essential for examining between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone. We can detect many issues in their earliest stages before you ever notice any symptoms. By detecting issues in their early stages, we can provide you with minimally invasive treatment to restore your oral health and prevent more serious issues from arising later.
Routine dental cleanings are integral for maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information, and to schedule your next dental cleaning, call Anchorage Dental Associates at (907) 276-7366 today.