In a perfect world, your teeth would naturally brush and floss themselves. Unfortunately, that's just not the case. Even if you take the best possible care of your teeth, plaque and tartar can still build up. The only way to make sure that these toxins don't harm your teeth and gum line is through professional dental cleaning.
Dental cleaning is also known as oral prophylaxis. This procedure helps remove hard and soft plaque and calculus from your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit their dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning. This visit can greatly improve oral health.
What Is Involved in a Routine Dental Cleaning?
During a routine cleaning, the dentist will remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains from your teeth. We will use a special dental cleaning tool to gently scrape away plaque and tartar. After your teeth have been cleaned, they will be polished to remove any surface stains. We will polish your teeth as well, which will leave your teeth looking shiny and new. After the cleaning, the dentist may examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay or gum disease and recommend treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings?
Here are some of the benefits of regular dental cleanings:
- They clean the surface of your teeth, removing stains and brightening your smile.
- They can help prevent staining and can help restore the appearance of your teeth.
- They will also help decrease the amount of plaque and tartar on your teeth, which can help prevent decay and gum disease.
At-Home Teeth Cleaning Habits
Brushing and flossing are two of the most important habits you can adopt to ensure optimal oral health. Brushing removes food and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing removes plaque and food from between your teeth and below the gum line.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again right before bed. You should also floss once a day. Flossing at night is important. When you sleep, food debris can become trapped in your teeth and gums, giving it time to create cavities.
In addition to brushing and flossing, you're also encouraged to visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They also polish your teeth, removing surface stains.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA 98042.