You already know how important brushing and flossing your teeth are. You may even strictly follow the ADA guidelines and brush your teeth twice a day as well as floss at least once daily. Even if you adhere to these guidelines, however, oral health issues can still develop. In addition to brushing and flossing every day at home, it is also essential that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. North Atlanta Family Dentistry is here to help.
The Importance of Cleanings
While brushing and flossing are essential habits for reducing plaque and bacteria buildup in your mouth, there are some areas of your mouth that you might not be able to reach effectively. This can lead some areas of your mouth untouched, allowing plaque and bacteria to continue to accumulate, leading to cavities and gum disease despite following the ADA guidelines.
In addition to brushing and flossing, the ADA also recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year, or once every six months. While two visits a year might not seem like much, these visits are incredibly important. We are equipped with specialized tools that allow us to clean all areas of your mouth, including the ones that you might have trouble cleaning at home. By helping to eliminate all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, we can help you further prevent the formation of serious oral health issues.
What to Expect During a Cleaning
Cleaning is a fairly simple, straightforward process. We begin by scraping all of the surfaces of your teeth, including along, and just under, the gum line. Not only can we eliminate plaque and bacteria buildup, but we are also able to get rid of tartar, or plaque that has hardened. Tartar cannot be removed with a toothbrush, no matter how often you brush.
Once we have finished scraping the surfaces of your teeth, we then polish them. This is accomplished using an electric handpiece, outfitted with a rotating head, and dental polish. The polish, which contains abrasives, scrubs the surfaces of your teeth as the head of the electric handpiece rotates rapidly. This aids in leaving your teeth feeling smooth and clean.
Your cleaning is completed with flossing. We floss your teeth to eliminate any buildup that may have accumulated between your teeth between your visits as well as to remove polish or loose debris that may have collected there during your appointment. If necessary, a fluoride treatment can be provided as well.
The Benefits of Regular Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings provide several significant benefits.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth every day can greatly help to reduce your risk for developing serious oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. If it is time to schedule your next dental cleaning, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today at (470) 387-0500.