Dental cleanings are crucial to overall oral health and hygiene. Brushing and flossing alone aren’t enough to remove hardened plaque (known as calculus) and tartar. Because of this, it is essential to go into the office to see the hygienist every six months for regular dental cleanings. Deeper dental cleanings, known as scaling and root planing, are needed when gingivitis or gum disease is present.
What does a Dental Cleaning involve?
Dental cleanings involve the use of a series of specialty instruments to remove hardened plaque and tartar from on and around the teeth. Cleanings can also get rid of staining that whitening treatments aren’t able to remove. For those who are experiencing gum disease, you may have to have a deeper cleaning done, known as Scaling and Root Planing, around your gum lines to remove that built up plaque and tartar. Dental cleanings are essential for preventing gingivitis and gum disease.
Who Needs to Have a Dental Cleaning Done?
Everyone needs to have routine dental cleanings done. It is recommended that children start having cleanings done when their teeth first start coming in and it is important to have cleanings done every six months for the rest of a patient’s life. It is never too late to have a cleaning done, no matter how long it’s been since your last visit to the dentist.
Why are Cleanings so Important?
Dental cleanings are important for a range of different reasons. These include:
- Cleanings remove hardened plaque and tartar that a regular toothbrush can’t remove
- Cleanings prevent gingivitis and gum disease
- During the cleaning, the hygienist will measure the pockets around the teeth to check for signs of inflammation which could lead to gum disease or worse if left untreated
- Cleanings help to get rid of bad breath as a result of excess buildup
- Regular cleanings allow children to create and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine
If you are in need of a dental cleaning, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you!