Plano Dentist Discusses Dental Cleanings
Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral as well as systemic health. Professional cleanings by a trained hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended by the ADA ( American Denta Association) you go in for a cleaning once every six months, minimally. This may help prevent cavities by removing plaque, the main reason for decay. Also it will brighten your smile by removing surface stain and build up as well as, freshen your breath and create a more healthy environment.
How it's done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a liseced hygienist will do the cleaning, and your Plano dentist may come in for an exam . Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.
There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is comfortably scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on your needs, in a spa like atmosphere.
The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places. This also removes surface stain for a brighter smile.
Call Preston Park Dental today at (972) 519-1990 to schedule an appointment with our experienced Plano dentist and hygienist.