Twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially where your brush can’t reach, like underneath the gum line and in-between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.
Why Do I Need Dental Cleaning?
At Dolive DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists recommend that patients receive a dental cleaning and exam every six months. A dental cleaning will remove hard-to-get plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. The plaque and tartar can attract bacteria which can lead to tooth decay. If your teeth develop tooth decay, you will need a dental filling or crown to repair your smile.
Additionally, dental cleanings also include a dental exam. During the dental exam, your dentist, Dr. Dolive or Dr. Acres, will examine the health of your teeth. If they notice any dental concerns, they will recommend a dental treatment. Regular cleanings and exams will help you to achieve good oral health.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
At the beginning of the dental cleaning, your dental hygienist will start by removing hard-to-get plaque and tartar. These are usually stuck onto the teeth and need to be scraped off. Next, your hygienist will brush your teeth with an abrasive toothpaste. This toothpaste is more gritty and tough than your toothpaste at home. It should only be used every few months to mechanically remove bacteria and debris from the outer layer of your teeth. If used regularly, it can wear away the outer layer of your tooth, the enamel.
The next portion of the dental cleaning includes flossing. Your dental hygienist will floss between your teeth and remove any bacteria or debris stuck between your teeth during this portion. Lastly, your hygienist will rinse your teeth off.
What is Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride is a relatively recent but significant advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. After your regular dental cleaning, your dentist may ask you if you would like a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a quick and painless procedure. You will rinse your mouth with a particular fluoride solution, which chemically strengthens the outer layer of your teeth.
To keep your teeth strong between dental appointments, you can use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash in your regular oral health routine. Fluorinated over-the-counter products do not have as much fluoride as professional dental products, but they will still help you avoid dental decay.
Another treatment you can ask for during your dental cleaning appointment is dental sealants. This procedure places a sealer over the back molars. The back molars have a lot of grooves on their chewing surfaces. The grooves and the placement of the teeth make it hard to clean the teeth properly. Many patients who do not have dental sealants develop dental decay in their back molars.
When your dentist places dental sealants, it makes a slick surface on the top of your tooth for bacteria and debris to slide off. The dental sealants help prevent dental decay. Receiving dental sealants is a quick procedure where we paste the sealant onto the back molars in minutes.
Dental Cleanings in Longview, TX
Dental cleanings are an essential procedure to maintain good oral health. Our dentists, Dr. Dolive and Dr. Acres, recommend that you receive a dental cleaning every six months for the best oral care. If you are due for your semi-annual teeth cleaning in Longview, TX, please call our office to schedule an appointment.