What is a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is a preventive health measure that presents an opportunity to check in on your overall oral health and well-being.
During a dental cleaning, your RenovaSmiles provider does an oral exam and carefully removes dental plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth.
Dental cleanings can alert you to potentially serious health problems, including tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. You can also use this type of appointment to discuss symptoms or concerns you’re experiencing and to build a rapport with your dentist.
How often should I get a dental cleaning?
The American Dental Association recommends everyone have a professional dental cleaning once every six months. If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or suffer from periodontitis, more frequent cleanings may be necessary.
Following an oral exam and review of your medical history, your RenovaSmiles provider can make recommendations for your individual situation.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
A routine dental cleaning includes multiple steps. Before starting your dental cleaning, your RenovaSmiles hygienist examines your entire mouth. They use a small mirror to check your teeth and gums for signs of inflammation or other potential concerns.
Next, your hygienist uses a metal tool called a scaler to carefully remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and around your gum line.
After your teeth are free of tartar, your hygienist brushes your teeth with a gritty toothpaste, followed by a professional flossing. Finally, your hygienist rinses your mouth and calls in the dentist.
Your RenovaSmiles dentist checks for any cavities or other potential problems and asks questions about your dental habits. If necessary, your dentist might also order a series of digital X-rays.
If everything looks good, you’re sent home with a new toothbrush and dental floss. The team also sets up an appointment for another cleaning in six months.
How do I care for my teeth in-between dental cleanings?
In-between dental cleanings, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once each day, and avoiding habits like nail-biting and using tobacco.
The team at RenovaSmiles also recommends eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. This means avoiding sugary beverages like soda or energy drinks and steering clear of snacks that can rot your teeth like candy.
For a dental cleaning, make an appointment at RenovaSmiles today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.