As the best dental practice in Ozark, MO patients with comprehensive teeth cleaning treatments aimed at removing plaque, tartar and bacteria so teeth and gums stay healthier, breath stays fresher and your smile looks its best.
Why is routine teeth cleaning so important?
Having routine teeth cleaning is one of the most critical steps you can take to preserve the health of your teeth as well as your gums. Cleaning removes plaque, tartar (or calculus) and bacteria that cause decay, gum disease and chronic bad breath, getting into areas that aren't easy to reach by brushing and flossing alone. Plus, regular teeth cleaning can help your teeth look whiter and brighter naturally, without the need for bleaching treatments.
What happens during a teeth cleaning appointment?
During your dental cleaning appointment, the hygienist and dentist will use special tools and mild abrasive pastes designed specifically to clean teeth and gums, making sure to pay attention not just to the surfaces that are easy to see and access, but also areas that can be difficult to clean, including tight spaces between teeth and the area along and just below your gum line. As your cleaning progresses, the hygienist will take note of areas you might be missing with your at-home care routine. At the end of your cleaning appointment, you'll be provided with tips and guidance that can help you address these areas more effectively to help you keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible between office visits.
How often do I need to schedule a routine teeth cleaning appointment?
The American Dental Association guidelines recommend both adults and children have routine teeth cleaning performed every six months – or at every regular office visit. If you have gum disease, you may need more frequent cleanings (about every three to four months) or in-depth cleaning to help prevent the disease from progressing.