A dental cleaning is a thorough cleaning of the entire mouth by your dentist or dental professional using special tools. It is aimed to help remove plaque, calculus (tartar), and stains from your teeth. They’ll even polish the teeth to make them smoother and enhance their appearance.
During a consultation, the dentist will examine your teeth and mouth, discuss your oral health and any dental concerns, and answer your questions. Dentists will also often offer recommendations for improving your oral health. The dentist will then create a customized treatment plan just for you.
The dentist may recommend that you have any needed dental work done immediately or schedule another appointment for a later time.
How Is A Dental Cleaning Performed?
During your cleaning appointment, your dentist or hygienist will carefully clean your teeth. They may also polish your teeth, floss them, and take x-rays if needed. This cleaning can help remove accumulated plaque and tartar from and in between your teeth, thus improving your oral health and preventing the onset of any diseases.
You may be given a fluoride treatment, which can help prevent tooth decay. You may receive an oral cancer screening, which can help you detect oral cancer in its early stages.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Cleaning?
For a patient’s mouth, a dental cleaning appointment is a chance to ensure healthy teeth and gums. The benefits of dental cleaning include the following:
- Checkups Help Prevent Future Dental Problems
Regular cleanings can help to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup, which can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and enamel erosion. During a cleaning, your hygienist will also perform an oral cancer screening to determine if there are any problems.
- Understand Your Dental Needs
Proper dental care requires more than just routine cleanings and examinations. When you meet with our dentist, he will take the time to understand your dental needs and concerns. This means that you’ll be able to get a customized treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns.
During your routine dental cleaning and consultation, we will check for signs of oral health concerns. We will also recommend any treatments that could improve your oral health, such as fluoride treatments, sealants, or dental restorations. These routine appointments are also a great time to ask questions and get advice from our dentist.
The oral cancer screening is a brief but important part of your appointment. The screening allows us to check for any abnormalities or changes in your oral tissues. Early detection of oral cancer not only gives you more options for treatment but also lowers the risk of death.
During your cleaning, our hygienist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of periodontal disease. Early gum disease often goes undetected and can cause teeth to become loose and fall out. The sooner you get treatment, the better your chances of avoiding tooth loss.
- Teeth Cleaning And Polishing
Your dental hygienist will polish your teeth to a bright shine. They will also floss between your teeth to remove plaque that brushing alone can’t reach. After your dental cleaning, your smile will look and feel clean and healthy.
- Cosmetic Consultation If Desired
At your consultation, we will check your smile for signs of misalignment, TMJ disorder, and bite problems. If we find any of these issues, we’ll provide recommendations for treatment. This could include braces, Invisalign, or veneers.
To learn more about our dental services, call Lanham Smiles Family Dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment. You can also visit our dental office located at 9500 Annapolis Road, Suite C6, Lanham, MD 20706.