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Good oral health depends on your regular dental routine, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash. Professional dental cleanings build on that foundation to create a solid path for a healthy and beautiful smile.
The Atlanta Smiles dental team recommends professional dental cleanings twice per year, scheduled six months apart. Consistent scheduling allows you to stay on top of dental health and identify any issues quickly.
Contact Atlanta Smiles to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.
What Are Dental Cleanings?
A dental cleaning is a procedure where your dentist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. During the dental cleaning, you also receive an examination of your teeth and gums to identify any oral health issues.
Usually, the dentist recommends x-rays annually. The x-rays help the dental team identify and track the progression of any problems.
Why Should I Get A Professional Tooth Cleaning?
Regular visits to our office allow us to monitor your overall oral hygiene habits. We can also spot potential problems before they become severe enough to require more extensive treatments such as crowns, bridges, or implants.
Getting routine dental cleanings does not just combat negative habits; they also offer preventative care.
How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
To maintain good oral health, we recommend dental cleanings every six months for adults and children. If you have missed appointments or skipped treatments, we recommend getting back into a consistent schedule as soon as possible.
Types of Dental Cleanings
Routine Dental Cleaning
Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash each day is the best way to maintain good oral health at home. However, tartar buildup is only removable at the dentist’s office using dental instruments.
During a routine dental cleaning, your dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar. The hygienist also polishes your teeth to help remove surface stains. After the dental cleaning, the dentist performs a thorough examination of the teeth with assistance from the hygienist.
Deep Dental Cleaning
Once you have had your dental checkup, the dentist may recommend a deep dental cleaning for some patients. Deep cleanings are also known as root planing and scaling. We use a scaling instrument to remove tartar and plaque from the surface of the roots.
The goal of deep cleanings is to remove excess bacteria from the pockets of the teeth to reverse the effects of gum disease. Some patients may need multiple deep cleaning treatments before seeing an improvement in their overall oral health.
What Are Deep Dental Cleanings?
We recommend deep dental cleanings for patients with severe dental problems. Deep dental cleanings typically complement periodontal treatment plans once plaque buildup has caused your gums and teeth to erode.
This condition can also lead to:
- Bleeding and swelling gums
- Problems chewing
- Tooth loss and decay
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
Deep cleanings are a good option for patients who have not received regular dental care. The dental hygienist measures the space between your teeth and gums during your routine checkup. If the pocket is too big, the hygienist will likely recommend a series of deep dental cleanings.
Who Benefits From More Than Two Regular Dental Cleanings Annually?
Specific, high-risk individuals may need three or more dental cleanings a year. The extra cleanings assist with the prevention of gum disease and gingivitis.
- Pregnant women who have a suppressed immune system during pregnancy
- People with diabetes who are vulnerable to infection
- Patients who smoke or use tobacco products
- Patients who are generally in poor health
If you fall into any of these categories, speak to your Atlanta Smiles dentist about getting additional cleanings to monitor and maintain your oral health.
What Happens After My Dental Cleaning Appointment?
After your cleaning, we provide instructions regarding proper homecare techniques so you can continue maintaining optimal oral health. If we discover a cavity or other problem during your cleaning, we will talk about your care options. Our dental team is happy to help you schedule an appointment and answer your questions about treatment solutions.
What Are the Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings?
Regular dental cleanings offer several benefits.
- Preventative Care – Preventive care keeps your smile healthy and strong. While it includes brushing and flossing regularly, visiting the dentist for cleanings catches dental problems early.
- Improved Oral Health – Dental cleanings remove debris and improve oral health. At the same time, they reduce bacterial growth around the teeth, which leads to fewer cavities.
- Reduced Risk of Gum Disease – Regular dental cleanings prevent gum disease. Reduce periodontal diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis with dental cleanings.
- Increased Self-Esteem – An improved smile builds confidence. Regular dental cleaning keeps smiles bright. Our dentists also address other issues by recommending treatments to improve your oral health and appearance.
How Do Dental Cleanings Help Prevent Gum Disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss regularly. However, professional dental cleanings remove plaque from teeth and gums, which helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. By eliminating excess plaque deposits, gums stay healthier. Plus, when you visit the dentist regularly, they can identify problems sooner to avoid significant gum disease.
When Should Children Have Their First Dental Cleaning?
Children should have their first dental cleaning between six months and two years of age. These early visits establish good oral health and build comfort and confidence when visiting the dentist’s office. We offer Baby and Me visits as part of our pediatric dental care.
Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost for Dental Cleanings?
Yes, dental insurance typically covers the cost of two dental cleanings per year. Contact your insurance provider to determine the specific coverage included with your policy.
Atlanta Smiles Offers Preventive Dental Services
Regular dental cleanings help protect against many common problems that affect both adults and kids. These include tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and other issues related to oral hygiene.
Atlanta Smiles wants to help keep your oral health at its best. Contact Atlanta Smiles to schedule a dental cleaning for you or your family!