What is a dental cleaning?
Teeth cleaning at Madison Dental Studio begins with a visual exam to assess the health of your gums and teeth, and will include x-rays, especially if you haven’t had them done in a while, to find any problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. We will make specific recommendations for x-rays based on your personal dental health and history. We use highly advanced digital x-ray technology, to greatly reduce radiographic exposure concerns that many patients may have.
After your x-rays are taken, the cleaning process begins. Your hygienist uses specialized instruments to remove areas of tartar and plaque from your teeth. After they successfully remove the plaque and tartar, the hygienist uses a high-powered brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough polishing, followed by a professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities and tooth decay until your next cleaning.
Do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Yes. Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, grooves, and pits. Over time, your teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.
Less common, but worth noting, is the possibility that regular dental cleanings may lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing the number of bacteria that reach your lungs. The connection between poor oral health and systemic health conditions is astounding. Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions have also been connected to oral health issues, which makes professional teeth cleaning a great preventive tool for your oral and overall health.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Most people should have their teeth cleaned every six months for optimal health. However, if you have any conditions that warrant more frequent dental cleanings, such as a history of gum disease or tooth decay, you may benefit from more frequent cleanings. Ultimately, it’s best that you allow Dr. Pappa and her team to come up with a schedule that fits your unique situation and dental needs.