How many times has the dentist reminded you to have your teeth cleaned? There are a number of very good reasons we urge patients of all ages to have their teeth cleaned regularly. In today’s blog, we’re looking at what makes a dental cleaning so important and what patients in Des Moines, IA should expect from the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings?
Question: How often should I have one?
Answer: We agree with the assessment by the American Dental Association: Every six months patients need to have their teeth cleaned. That goes for children and adults alike. However, in the cases of patients with high risk factors for periodontal disease, we may suggest one every three or four months to prevent and/or manage the disease.
Question: What happens during the procedure?
Answer: We will employ either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Afterward, we will polish the teeth thoroughly. Patients enjoy a brighter smile and a smoother finish on their teeth. In addition, removing plaque reduces the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease (as well as halitosis).
Question: How do they protect my smile?
Answer: When plaque forms, the buildup irritates the gum tissue and leads to inflammation. The buildup also weakens the outer tooth enamel, causing enamel erosion and exposing sensitive inner tooth structure to harmful bacteria. These factors soon lead to oral health problems in your teeth and gums!
Question: Do I still need to brush and floss?
Answer: Absolutely! Even if you undergo regular cleanings, you still need to brush and floss daily, which helps control and limit the amount of plaque that can accumulate in between your cleaning visits.
Gateway Dental Group Can Clean Your Smile
At Gateway Dental Group, we can help remove plaque buildup from your smile every six months. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Group, call our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.