A dental cleaning is a preventative dental procedure that removes plaque and tartar from your teeth. Cleanings are performed to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
During a dental cleaning, we will remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky film of bacteria that continually forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can turn into tartar, which can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning.
Why do I need a dental cleaning?
Dental cleanings are important because they help you maintain a healthy smile free of decay and gum disease. Cleanings help remove bacteria from your teeth and along your gum line. Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, which can only be removed through professional cleaning. By seeing your dentist twice a year, you can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
What will happen during my dental cleaning?
First, your dental hygienist will thoroughly examine your smile. This may include an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, and dental x-rays to help diagnose any dental problems. Then, your hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque or tartar buildup. During this, we’ll gently scrape the plaque and tartar off of your teeth. Your hygienist will also polish your teeth with a special paste to leave you with a sparkly smile.
How often should I get a dental cleaning?
Your dental cleaning frequency will be established by your dentist. Some people may only need cleanings once every six months, while others will need them more often, such as after each quarter. If you’ve noticed any signs of gum disease, you may need to have your teeth cleaned more often.
While cleanings should be done every six months, there is no precise amount of time that must elapse between cleanings. If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, they can only be removed by professional cleaning.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Bergeron Dental, call (907)-456-5600 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 3112 Airport Way, Suite 2, Fairbanks, AK.