When was the last time you visited the dentist for a dental cleaning? Between hectic schedules and family time, people often put off these crucial preventive visits. In addition, some are under the mistaken assumption that by brushing and flossing we don’t actually need to have our teeth cleaned. The truth, is, a cleaning helps your smile by limiting the risk of serious oral health issues.
When Do You Recommend One?
We suggest that patients have a cleaning every six months. On average, this is the amount of time a cavity takes to form, so a cleaning can help stave off decay or allow the doctor to catch it in the earliest stages, before you experience serious discomfort.
A cleaning helps reduce the risk of cavities and infections, as well as gingivitis and gum disease. Along with adults and teens, children need to undergo the procedure as well. As soon as your child’s teeth erupt, you should begin bringing him/her to the office for a checkup and to have his/her teeth cleaned.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
We use either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque buildup from the teeth. Plaque accumulates as a result of bacteria breaking down food particles. Without removal, the buildup actually weakens tooth enamel and inflames gum tissue. After we remove the plaque, we polish the teeth as well. Afterward, your teeth feel smooth and clean, and often have a brighter appearance. The procedure also helps freshen our breath too.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you and your family, then please contact our office today. You can even click the “make an appointment” button on our homepage to start the process.
Do You Need to Have Your Teeth Cleaned?
Dr. Calcagno and our team can take steps to help you enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.