Though professional teeth cleanings are only one-half of your routine dental visits, they are crucial to the health of your smile. During a professional cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar to keep your dental health in top condition. Find out more about professional teeth cleanings and their importance with your dentists, Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson at Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR.
Why are professional teeth cleanings important?
Professional teeth cleanings are a necessary preventative dental procedure which removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Though some people have a very strong at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once, there are often areas of the mouth which brushing and flossing simply cannot reach. Professional teeth cleanings remove that built up plaque and tartar to give you a clean slate for your daily routine.
What can I expect during a professional teeth cleaning?
Your dental hygienist will use specialized hand tools to thoroughly clean the tooth’s surface, between each tooth, and under the gums around the tooth. The hygienist uses a combination of handheld scraping tools and ultrasonic electric tools to clean each individual tooth and remove any plaque or tartar which is present. After cleaning the teeth, your hygienist will polish each tooth individually.
Professional Teeth Cleanings in Grants Pass, OR
Professional teeth cleanings take place during routine dental examinations. According to the American Dental Association, you should see your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year for these all-important appointments. In addition to biannual exams and cleanings, the ADA suggests brushing twice a day and flossing at least once to ensure that your teeth remain clean and healthy between your dental appointments.
For more information on professional teeth cleanings, please contact Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson at Erickson Dental Care in Grants Pass, OR. Call (541) 476-3419 to schedule your appointment with your Erickson Dental Care dentist today!