We all know that we should go for dental cleanings every six months, but how many people do? At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we take dental cleaning very seriously. Dental cleanings are an important part of your oral health routine, and they can help you avoid cavities and other problems down the road. Let's explore what these cleanings are all about.
What is a dental cleaning, and why do I need one?
A dental cleaning is a procedure that involves scraping and polishing your teeth to remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth, and if it isn't removed regularly, it can lead to tooth decay and other problems. Tartar is a hard substance that builds upon the teeth over time and can only be removed with special tools.
Dental cleanings are important because they help keep your teeth healthy and free of plaque and tartar. They also help prevent cavities and other oral health problems. If you don't have regular dental cleanings, you're more likely to develop serious dental issues down the road.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Ideally, it would be best to get your teeth cleaned once every six months. However, many people visit their dentist annually or semi-annually for cleanings instead of every six months. If possible, it's best to go for dental cleanings twice a year (or more if we recommend it). We will check the health of your gums and look at any suspicious areas on your teeth that may need further evaluation with x-rays. While most dentists are happy to see patients as often as needed, remember that regular visits increase the likelihood of catching oral problems early - when they're easier to treat - and help keep costs down in the long run!
Can brushing teeth every day suffice?
It is important to brush your teeth every morning and night, but it's not enough. Brushing helps get rid of plaque from the chewing surfaces of your teeth - the parts you see when you smile. However, dental cleanings are necessary to take care of areas you can't reach during regular brushing routines. These include the back molars at the very top and bottom of your mouth, as well as other hard-to-reach places in between each tooth!
Ways to keep your teeth clean between visits to the dentist
You can do a few things to help keep your teeth clean between dental appointments. First, always brush and floss after meals - especially if you eat sugary or starchy foods that increase the risk of cavities. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months as well! If possible, try to avoid snacking right before bedtime because food particles left in your mouth overnight will contribute to plaque buildup throughout the night. Finally, it's important not to forget about those hard-to-reach areas when brushing! Flossing is critical for removing plaque from under the gumline where regular toothbrushes can't reach.
Are there any side effects to the procedure?
Most people don't experience any side effects from dental cleanings. However, some people may feel a little bit of discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure. This is normal and should go away within a few hours. If you experience excessive pain or swelling, be sure to contact our office immediately. We want to make sure that your cleaning was a success and didn't cause any problems!
At our practice, we offer various dental cleaning procedures to suit your individual needs. If you’re ready to learn more about what services are right for you and how they can help improve your smile, visit us at Swansboro Family Dentistry. We invite all readers who have questions or comments to do so by calling 910-421-3022 today.