Dental cleanings: It takes more than just brushing

Posted on: November 15, 2016

Dental CleaningWhen a child asks, “Why do I have to go to the dentist?” Parents choose from a variety of answers from “Because I said so” to “Because your teeth will become infected.” However, a child may fear a dental cleaning from the false stereotype of pain from cleanings. When in fact, a dental cleaning will help to prevent the pain and guarantee healthy teeth. Dental cleanings are important at least every six months in the dentist’s office and at home each day.

Knowing the reasons

While dental diseases are treatable and preventable, many patients struggle with them due to one main factor: poor dental hygiene. This does not mean that a patient will ruin his or her smile after forgetting to brush for one night, but it does mean that a lack of dental hygiene can have serious consequences over time.

Some infections or diseases a patient can contract from a lack of dental hygiene can include cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and more. Fortunately, proper dental hygiene with regular dental visits can help to prevent all of these diseases. Unfortunately, people may not realize that here are specific methods and ways to keep one’s teeth clean.

Mouthealthy.org explains that “Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth,” adding that this happens because “the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel.”

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can greatly decrease the risk of tooth decay and other diseases. Mouthhealthy.org lists other methods to prevent tooth decay, including:

  • Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss
  • Brushing teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Eating nutritious and balanced meals with limited snacks
  • Considering using fluoride by speaking to your dentist to see if it will strengthen your teeth
  • Visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings

These are only a few options that can help keep a patient’s teeth healthy and prevent an infection from spreading to multiple teeth.

Professional dental cleaning

At-home dental hygiene can greatly aid the prevention of dental diseases, but a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year will ensure a healthy smile. At a professional cleaning, the dentist will clean the teeth and search for any signs of infection.

What patients may not realize is that a dental cleaning is not half as painful as the stereotype presents it to be. In fact, some dental offices can offer various forms of laughing gas and anesthetic to help patients with anxiety about dentists calm down. At a dental cleaning, the patient’s care is a prime concern. The dentist will conduct an oral examination for signs of infection and listen to any concerns the patient may have.

If the dentist finds signs of an infection, he or she will recommend the best treatment method. Contrary to the other stereotype that dentists pull out teeth, a dentist wants the patients to keep as many adult teeth as possible. A dentist will do everything in his or her power to help a patient keep all teeth. Depending on the age of the patient, the dental cleaning may include different services.

Regardless of the age, all patients are susceptible to tooth decay and other dental infections. This is why patients need to schedule regular dental checkups to help keep their teeth healthy. If you or a loved one is in need of a dental cleaning, schedule an appointment today.

Great Lakes Dental Group

At Great Lakes Dental Group in Lockport, NY, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff creates a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us.

We will answer any questions and make sure you get all of the necessary information. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At Great Lakes Dental Group, your experience with us and your dental health are our prime concern.

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