Why Do I Need a Professional Dental Cleaning?
Even with the best at-home oral care, it is important for you to schedule a professional cleaning at Knight Dental Care twice each year. Using state-of-the-art tools, a biannual professional teeth cleaning removes built-up tartar and plaque while polishing your enamel for a healthier, brighter smile. During your appointment, you can get tips on ways to better clean your teeth at home and learn if those hard-to-reach spots need more care. A professional cleaning will give cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Edward Knight a chance to identify any issues in your mouth that might require care. Having a dental cleaning is an important part of maintaining your dental health so make an appointment for yourself and your family at our Midland, MI location.
Should I Get a Dental Teeth Cleaning?
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests you have professional deep teeth cleanings two times a year. Children should have their first dental exam before they turn one and following that, Dr. Knight can help you decide when your child is ready for their next dental appointment. A professional dental cleaning can help you avoid cavities and remove plaque, the main cause of tooth decay. A dental cleaning will also remove stains and tartar from your enamel. If you would like to brighten your smile, freshen your breath, improve your oral health, and save money in the long run, schedule a cleaning for yourself and every member of your family at Knight Dental Care.
What Can I Expect During My Teeth Cleaning?
Your cleaning starts by removing the tartar and plaque that have built up on your teeth. Even with excellent at-home care, it is hard to remove tartar and plaque with just daily brushing and flossing. Professional instruments are used to carefully scale buildup without affecting the enamel. To begin, a device with ultrasonic technology loosens large areas of plaque and tartar with a lubricating mist and high-speed vibrations. Next, a fine handheld instrument, such as a scaler or curette, will remove the remaining pieces. Every tooth will be scaled to get all the plaque and tartar. Once your teeth are clean, the enamel will be carefully polished to strengthen it and remove stains on the teeth. If needed or requested, a fluoride treatment may be done following your cleaning.
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What is included in a dental cleaning?
Depending on the assessment of your dental health, Dr. Knight or one of his experienced dental hygienists will provide:
- Removal of tartar, plaque, and stains
- Application of fluoride
- Polishing of teeth, crowns, and fillings
- Sealants (children)
- Cleaning, adjustment of dentures or partials
How long does a dental cleaning take?
A dental cleaning usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your oral health and what procedures need to be done.
Can dental cleaning damage my teeth?
No – dental cleanings do not damage your teeth. Removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth doesn’t damage your enamel and in fact, preserves the healthy life of your teeth.
Does a dental cleaning hurt?
Even though our hygienists are highly trained and skilled, some people’s teeth are more sensitive than others. If you experience pain, sensitivity, or soreness after a dental cleaning, you can take any OTC (over-the-counter) pain reliever that uses ibuprofen as the active ingredient. If you are prone to bleeding, talk to your physician before taking any medication.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright with professional cleanings twice a year at Knight Dental Care in Midland, MI. Dr. Knight and his team can help improve your oral health with professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar. A vital part of a preventive dental care plan, professional dental cleanings may save you from problems and extensive treatments later. If you have further questions on teeth cleaning cost or wish to make appointments for your whole family, call our Midland, MI office today.