The Answers to Your Dental Cleaning Questions

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How often should I get a dental cleaning?
If you wish to have a strong and healthy smile, it is very important that you receive a dental cleaning every six months. If you have oral diseases, like periodontal disease, it is best to receive a cleaning every three months, but your dentist will happily confirm that with you. If you would feel more comfortable, you can also talk to your dentist about receiving a dental cleaning on a more regular basis.

Why are dental cleanings important?
Dental cleanings are vital if you wish to have the best oral health possible. The cleaning process not only deeply cleans your teeth, but it also eliminates the risks associated with periodontal disease. Dental cleanings also prevent major dental issues and they give your dentist the chance to treat any problems at the early stages of development.

Are dental cleanings painful?
No, dental cleanings are not painful. But, they do involve small tooth vibrations and some pressure. So, if you ever feel uncomfortable while the dentist or hygienist deeply cleans your smile, just let them know and they will do their best to relieve your discomfort and make you feel more comfortable. If needed, you can establish a “stop” signal before the cleaning begins. That way you will have the control and comfort you need.

What is the process of a dental cleaning?
The cleaning generally begins with the dentist or hygienist removing the plaque from your teeth with a special tool. This is very beneficial because it helps prevent gum disease. Then, they will polish your teeth with a nourishing paste, which may leave a gritty feeling in your mouth, but it won’t last long. Once they are done polishing your smile, you will have the chance to rinse your mouth. Next, they will floss your teeth and remove any excess food substances that are stuck. To conclude the cleaning, the dentist or hygienist will provide a fluoride treatment that will strengthen and nourish your teeth.

How do I keep my teeth clean after the appointment?
It is very important to keep your teeth clean by brushing your teeth every morning and every night, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing your mouth with bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash daily. If possible, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after each meal or snack.