Maintaining a healthy mouth starts in the home. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth at least once a day. Following these recommendations is important for the prevention of serious issues and keeping your mouth strong and healthy. These steps, while integral, are only part of maintaining optimal oral health. The ADA also recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, or once every six months. Cooley Smiles can help.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Why is Professional Care So Important?
You might think that simply by brushing and flossing your teeth every day, you are preventing the development of serious issues such as cavities and gum disease. While brushing and flossing are essential components, they are only a part of the equation. Even if you brush and floss every day, it is possible that there are some areas of your mouth that you might miss. This can lead to plaque and bacteria buildup, greatly increasing your risk of developing complications. Plaque can turn into tartar, a hard substance that cannot be removed with a toothbrush. Tartar is rough in texture, and it can easily capture more buildup. Both plaque and bacteria can irritate the gums, causing gum disease. The acids they produce can erode your tooth enamel, causing decay and cavities.
Professional teeth cleanings are performed to help you further prevent the development of these issues. With the use of specialized tools, we can remove all buildup from your teeth, including the most stubborn tartar. We can access all areas of your teeth, including those that you might have a hard time reaching at home, helping you to optimize the health of your mouth.
What to Expect at Your Cleaning
Cleanings are simple procedures. We begin by scraping the visible surfaces of your teeth, as well as along, and just below, the gum line. We can reach all areas, including those that you might have a hard time reaching or those that you might miss altogether. We can scrape away all buildup, including tartar.
After your teeth have been scraped clean, we then polish them. This involves the use of an electric handpiece and a dental polish containing abrasives. The abrasives scrub the surfaces of your teeth to a beautiful, clean finish. Finally, your teeth are flossed. We remove all debris from in between your teeth, including debris you might not have cleaned out at home as well as loose debris and polish that have accumulated during your cleaning.
Professional Teeth Cleaning Benefits
Teeth cleanings have many benefits, including:
Regular teeth cleanings are essential for helping to maintain the health of your mouth. If it is time to schedule your cleaning, call Cooley Smiles at (425) 569-4545 today.