Why Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?
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What Benefits Do Dental Cleanings Offer?
Annual dental checkups and cleanings provide many benefits. However, among the most commonly cited are:
- A brighter smile
- Fresher smelling breath
- Improved overall health
- Prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease
What Exactly Is a Dental Cleaning?
Dental cleanings are designed to complement the flossing and brushing that you already do at home. Assuming you floss and brush regularly, before and after meals, there should only be a minimal amount of plaque and tartar buildup. Whatever you are unable to remove with your toothbrush and dental floss is removed during your cleaning.
Essentially, the hygienist uses a scaler and small mirror to remove buildup from your teeth and gum line. Afterwards, your dental professional polishes your teeth using a powered brush and gritty toothpaste. Lastly, the dentist reviews your diagnosis and dental goals, as well as outlines a treatment plan that addresses any existing issues.