Getting dental cleanings are incredibly important to maintain your oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months, and so do we!

What is a dental hygiene cleaning?

A hygiene exam involves the removal of dental plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth. When plaque is removed, it helps to prevent gingivitis, cavities and periodontal disease. Your dentist or hygienist will also check for cavities and other health concerns, clean stains, floss and polish your teeth.

Why should you get them?

There are many benefits to getting regular hygiene exams. They allow your dentist to look for oral cancer and signs of gum disease. Your exam will include X-rays of your teeth and jaw bone, and the X-rays will allow the dentist to see any issues beneath the visible surface of your teeth.

Why should I go every six months?

You should get a dental cleaning every six months because of the bacteria that builds up and grows in the mouth.  It is essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. If there is an issue, early detection is important because if an issue is caught early, treatment will be more successful.

What should I expect?

The dental hygienist or dentist will perform your dental cleaning. He or she will thoroughly examine the inside of your mouth, checking for signs of gum disease and cavities, noting any points of concern. Then,  they will clean each tooth, removing plaque.

Next, Dr. Pulver will come in and do a final check of your teeth, including taking a look at your x-ray images. Dr. Pulver may discuss any concerns the hygienist or he sees with you and offer treatment options to fix them. We may also give you personalized tips on how to improve your dental hygiene home care. You can always ask us any specific dental concerns or questions you have at any time during your appointment as well!

Then, we will schedule your next visit and you are free to leave and show off your beautiful, clean smile! Contact us today to schedule your next visit!