Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Parham Ramtin, DDS, and the professional team at A New Smile in Pacoima, California, offer dental cleanings to help improve and maintain your oral health. To schedule your next cleaning, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. Your dentist at A New Smile looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any apparent abnormalities. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.
After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. The dentist or hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.
Once the plaque and tartar have been scraped away, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. They will also give you professional flossing.
To finish, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next appointment.
Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. Twice a year is the standard recommendation.
If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.
Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with the dental experts at A New Smile about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.
Even though every patient has unique oral health needs, the best way to get the right care for you is to follow a program that's tailored to your needs, not an "off-the-shelf" one that's made for the average person.
Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good health.
A study published in 2016 indicated that routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The belief is that dental cleanings lessen the number of bacteria reaching your lungs.
Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions have also been linked to poor oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.
To ensure your oral health, call the office at A New Smile or schedule an appointment online for your dental cleaning.