A routine cleaning is a professional dental cleaning that includes an oral examination. The dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. An ultrasonic scaler and handheld instruments are used to remove plaque buildup.
The dental exam portion of the visit at Freeman Dental involves checking your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay and gingivitis. X-rays may also be taken during the visit.
What Does Dental Cleaning Accomplish?
During a dental cleaning procedure, the dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This buildup can hide areas of your smile that are vulnerable to tooth decay and cause gum disease.
Plaque and tartar easily form on your teeth due to food or beverage residue, tobacco use, and certain medications. Plaque builds up on the surface of your enamel and can form within a day or two of not brushing your teeth.
How Effective Are Dental Cleanings?
Routine cleanings are necessary for preventing cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, many people skip their regular cleanings, leaving their teeth and gums exposed to dental issues. Our dental cleanings are quick, painless, and effective, and can help protect your oral health.
How Often Are Dental Cleanings Necessary?
Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your individual needs. You may benefit from a routine cleaning every six months, or you may only need a cleaning every three or four months.
Generally, if you experience symptoms of gum disease, like consistent bad breath, or loose teeth, or you notice that your gum tissue is red, swollen, or tender, it’s time for a dental cleaning.
Is Anesthesia Needed for a Dental Cleaning?
No. Anesthesia is not typically needed before a dental cleaning. However, if you are anxious, you can request a topical numbing gel before your cleaning.
Regular Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy
Routine cleanings are important during pregnancy, and our dentists may recommend more frequent cleanings depending on your needs. During pregnancy, your teeth and gums may be more sensitive to certain treatments, so it’s important to have regular cleanings and check-ups to avoid any complications.
Our dentists may recommend additional dental work during your pregnancy, such as dental X-rays, cavity fillings, extractions, or treatment for gum disease. Talk to our dentists if you have any questions or concerns about specific treatments.
Routine cleanings are an important way to maintain your oral health during pregnancy. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, schedule a routine cleaning with our dentists.
Dental Cleanings for Children
Dental cleanings for adults may be recommended yearly, or biannually. Children’s dental cleanings, on the other hand, are recommended every six months. However, some children may need dental cleanings more frequently, depending on their oral health.
The Benefits of Dental Cleaning
Patients who visit the dental office regularly for cleanings and checkups are more protected against tooth decay and gum disease and more likely to practice good oral hygiene habits at home. Routine cleanings typically take less than an hour to complete, making them a convenient, easy way to maintain your oral health.
Our dentists at Freeman Dental provide the best quality dental care to our patients. To schedule an appointment, call (270) 247-1966 for our Mayfield office.