During a routine cleaning, the dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Plaque can cause cavities to form in the teeth, so removing it is very important to keep your teeth healthy. If it has been more than six months since your last cleaning, the hygienist may recommend debridement, which is a deeper cleaning. It removes any hard deposits on your teeth that cannot be removed by regular cleaning.
Once your teeth are clean, our dentist will complete a thorough dental examination to check for signs of decay and disease. X-rays may also be taken if the dentist feels it necessary to see your oral structures in greater detail. By visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, you can prevent problems that could lead to extensive treatment later on.
The Benefits of Regular Cleanings and Exams
While you may already brush and floss your teeth regularly, these at-home techniques alone cannot eliminate all the plaque and food particles stuck between teeth and in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Professional cleaning is the only way to remove all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth and prevent cavities and gum disease.
During your cleaning appointment, we will thoroughly remove all traces of plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Then, we will use a professional-grade polishing paste to buff away stains and smooth the surfaces of your teeth. This will leave your smile looking and feeling clean and fresh. We also perform a thorough exam every visit to check for tooth decay or gum disease signs. If we discover any areas of concern, we can treat them immediately so the issue does not progress into something more serious.
When Should You Get a Dental Cleaning and Exam?
You should get a dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year, though some patients may require more frequent cleanings due to lifestyle or genetics. Patients who smoke, chew tobacco, or use other nicotine products often are more susceptible to cavities and gum recession than patients who don’t have these habits. Our dentist may recommend more frequent visits for patients at an increased risk for oral health problems.
During your checkup, our dentist will perform an oral exam to detect tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will also clean your teeth by removing plaque and tartar buildup from above and below the gum line.
If it has been over six months since your last dental cleaning, visit Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652 to schedule your next appointment.