Many men and women believe they only need to see a dentist when they have a severe dental problem. In reality, however, routine teeth cleanings are your first line of defense against decay and gum disease.
The human mouth is filled with bacteria, some of which is helpful, and some of which is harmful. That bacteria builds up on the surface of your teeth and is known as plaque. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar, which is impossible to remove through normal brushing and flossing.
Plaque and tartar contribute to dental decay and gum disease. Periodically removing this buildup is essential for good oral health.
No matter how conscientious you may be about your dental hygiene, your efforts can’t match those available in the dentist’s chair. Dental professionals have the tools, skills, and experience needed to clean your teeth thoroughly.
One of the most important components of a prophylactic teeth cleaning appointment is a thorough dental exam. Your dentist or hygienist takes the time to examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay and disease.
Dr. Barrera notes any changes since your last visit in your dental record, which allows her to track changes in your oral health over time and helps guide her in determining the right treatment for your needs.
During your cleaning, Dr. Barrera uses a scaler to scrape plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. After removing that tartar, she uses a special, high-powered electric brush to polish the surface of your teeth.
A thorough flossing follows to remove any lingering plaque or other debris. Dr. Barrera may also provide a fluoride treatment at the end of your cleaning.
Typically, you should schedule a teeth cleaning appointment every six months.
In some instances, Dr. Barrera may recommend that you come in more frequently. That's especially true if you show signs of gum disease. More frequent appointments allow Dr. Barrera to track your progress in improving your oral hygiene and restoring healthy gum tissue.
If you’ve put off seeing a dentist for some time, make today the day that you prioritize your health and schedule a teeth cleaning appointment with Dr. Barrera.
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