Dental Cleaning An Overview
Getting your teeth cleaned every six months is one of the best ways to keep your smile clean, healthy, and beautiful. When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned by a dentist or hygienist? Professional dental cleanings can access surfaces of the teeth that regular brushing and flossing often miss.
Dental cleanings remove excess plaque and tartar reducing the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, gum recession, and other oral health concerns. Dental cleanings are safe and effective for children and adult patients. Many people assume this is a minor procedure, one that can be delayed with no real consequences for their oral health.
Preventative Family Dentistry Owings Mills, MD
Family and general dentist Dr. Suman Chibb promotes preventive dental care for children and adult patients. Dr. Chibb helps patients maintain their natural, healthy smiles through proactive dental hygiene and routine dental care. Preventive dentistry helps patients protect the natural integrity and function of the bite.
Dr. Chibb sees patients of all ages. Our family dentist office provides a safe, comfortable environment for children and adult patients. We offer high-quality general and restorative dental services and tailor or our treatment plans to the unique needs of our patients.
Brushing and flossing are great ways to keep teeth clean and healthy between your routine dental cleanings. If you have any questions on proper brushing or flossing techniques for you or your child, ask our dental care team on your next visit. We can offer personalized tips on the best way to achieve your brightest smile.
Why Do We Need Dental Cleanings?
- Brushing and flossing can’t remove hardened plaque. While routine brushing and flossing is crucial for removing plaque and preventing serious buildup, this cannot remove hardened plaque, also known as tartar. Over time, tartar can inflame the gums and help weaken tooth enamel, increasing the likelihood of serious oral health issues.
- You should have a cleaning twice a year. The American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning once every six months. We agree. However, if you have high-risk factors for periodontal disease, we may recommend more frequent visits, such as every three to six months.
- Having your teeth cleaned can help prevent periodontal disease. By removing tartar from your teeth, we reduce the risk of gum inflammation, which can lead to the onset of gingivitis and eventually gum disease. Otherwise, the disease could develop and threaten the health and stability of your smile.
- Clean teeth can also combat halitosis. Having your teeth cleaned also helps reduce the risk of bad breath, which can develop as a result of tartar and plaque. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit to have your teeth cleaned, please contact our office today.