One of the best ways you can keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy is to have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. The experienced team at Horizon Family Dental Care, with offices located in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, offer comprehensive dental care including dental cleanings to help prevent oral health issues. To schedule your dental cleaning, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Dental Cleanings Q & A
What are Dental Cleanings?
Professional dental cleaning is a preventive tool the team at Horizon Family Dental Care use to help you maintain or improve oral health. During your dental cleaning, your specialist thoroughly cleans your teeth and assesses overall oral health. Dental cleanings usually coincide with your regular dental exam and may be conducted before or after your visit with the dentist.
What Can I Expect During a Dental Cleaning?
During a dental cleaning, your dental specialist or hygienist uses special tools to remove debris, plaque, and tartar from your teeth. Also referred to as dental calculus, tartar is a hard substance that traps bacteria on your teeth and under your gums. If left untreated, the trapped bacteria increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Regular dental cleanings ensure removal of the tartar and bacteria, which may help prevent oral health issues.
Your dental specialist flosses and polishes your teeth during your dental cleaning, too, to remove stains and brighten your smile. Your specialist also evaluates your gums, cheeks, and bite for issues that may require additional attention. Fluoride may also be applied to your teeth after your dental cleaning to help improve enamel strength.
In addition to cleaning your teeth, your dental specialist also talks to you about your oral hygiene and makes recommendations on what you can do at home to help maintain or improve oral health. This may include proper brushing and flossing techniques, advice on how to modify your diet to reduce your risk of cavities, as well as recommendations for products that may help improve oral health.
How Often Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?
Your dental specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care determines how often you need to come to the office for your dental cleaning. In general, it’s recommended that you come in for an exam and dental cleaning every six months. However, you may need more frequent dental cleanings if you need to improve your dental hygiene or because of your medical or dental history.
To schedule your dental cleaning, call Horizon Family Dental Care today or book an appointment online.