Greensboro Teeth Cleaning Services from Friendly Dentistry
How often do you clean your teeth? Do you really, truly get into your mouth and clean your teeth thoroughly each time you brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash? It is important that you should brush and floss your teeth twice a day. In addition, you should make an appointment every six months for a deep, hygienic cleaning, which is what the American Dental Association advises. Cleaning your teeth at home is a necessity to maintain good dental health. However, it is no substitute for periodic professional dental cleaning. Neglecting to come in for a regular dental cleaning can lead to long-term issues with your teeth and gums.
What Is a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
What you typically do at home with your toothbrush and toothpaste is brushing your teeth. When you brush your teeth, you remove surface plaque as well as the daily particles that stick to your enamel, which could lead to problems if left there. However, brushing does not get into every nook and cranny of your mouth. A professional teeth cleaning procedure, on the other hand, goes much deeper. Cleanings are part of a comprehensive dental check-up for patients of all ages that includes an entire mouth examination. Dental cleanings are performed by dental hygienists who have the education and experience to give you a complete and thorough cleaning for your teeth that maintains healthy gums. Our dental-hygienist knows how to be gentle. Plus, they will also make note any signs of impending dental problems you may have.
Early Detection is Key to Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
Regular cleanings are important when your goal is to avoid issues like tooth decay or gum disease, also known as gingivitis. If you already struggle with bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, or loose teeth, you may already have gum disease. These signs make regular cleanings more important. When treated early, gum disease is treatable and reversible. However, when left untreated, it progresses into periodontitis, which is a much bigger problem when it comes to your dental care.
Cleanings also give our dental staff the opportunity to notice things like dental cracks or chips in your teeth. The sooner we notice these problems, the easier they typically are to correct.
What We Do During Dental Cleanings
During a professional cleaning, our hygienist will painlessly remove debris and plaque from your teeth and along your gum line. If we do not remove it during the cleaning, the plaque may harden into tartar that adheres to your teeth and causes enamel erosion. The cleaning is done using a few dental tools, including a scraper and other professional equipment, as necessary. The brushes we use have typically soft bristles. That way, we can gently clean away anything on your teeth without damaging tooth enamel. It also helps us make sure you are totally comfortable during the dental cleaning process.
We make sure to clean along the inside of the tooth, the outside of the tooth, and the occlusal portion of your tooth. The occlusal portion is the part of your tooth used for biting and chewing. During your dental cleaning, we will also floss your teeth, look for signs of gum problems and early signs of oral cancer, while noting anything unusual about your teeth that the dentist will need to examine more closely.
After Dental Cleanings We Have More Suggestions
When the cleaning is done, we may offer fluoride to help protect your teeth against cavities, or we may also polish your teeth if we find any rough areas. Polishing is common after getting a dental filling to make sure the filling is smooth and matches the rest of your teeth. Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, we may need a new set of dental x-rays to update your dental records.
We Are Here to Help!
You may also get a little advice from one of our dental professionals at this time, if we notice that there is a hard-to-reach area within your mouth that gets missed more than the rest. That way, you know to pay special attention to the area during your daily oral hygiene routine to reduce your chances of developing a cavity, tooth decay, or eventual tooth loss. We may also suggest that you upgrade to an electric toothbrush, use a water flosser, or come in to see us more often. It just depends on what we see during your cleaning.
What if I Have Dentures, a Bridge, or Dental Implants?
Getting a dental cleaning when you have partial or full dentures, a dental bridge, or dental implants is still important. While we may not brush your dentures, we will make sure they are in good condition. We will also check to make sure your gums are clean and healthy. In most instances, we will look for any signs that your dental device needs adjusting and make any required adjustments at that time.
Is It Really Important to Get Regular Dental Cleanings?
The short answer is yes, it is vital to keep up with regular dental cleanings. Most people know that if they get sick, they should see their physician. However, very few people put the health of their teeth at the same priority level as their overall health. The truth is that poor oral health can lead to more than cosmetic issues with your smile. If you do not tend to your teeth, you could wind up facing problems like:
- Heart Disease
- Increased Risk of Stroke
- High Blood Pressure
- Complications During Pregnancy
- Increased Risks of Cancer
- Kidney Disease
- And more
Keeping up with regular cleanings and exams can make a huge difference in terms of dental health, and the overall health of your body. By taking the time to professionally clean teeth regularly with our dental staff, you are taking a proactive approach to your oral health as well as your overall health.
Turn to the Greensboro Dental Professionals at Friendly Dentistry for Your Next Teeth Cleaning
There is no secret. Professionally cleaned teeth are healthier and stronger than teeth that only get brushed and flossed at home. This is true even for those who have good oral hygiene habits at home. Our goal is to help give you healthy teeth so you can keep your pearly whites for the rest of your life. That way, you are less likely to need any type of uncomfortable, costly, or invasive dental procedure in the future. For more information on dental cleanings, or any other dental services from Friendly Dentistry, call us at (336) 619-2523 or contact us through our website.