Dental Cleanings

If you are serious about your oral health, you must schedule regular dental cleanings. Along with routine brushing and flossing at home, these visits are the most important thing you can do to ensure a lasting, healthy smile. At Value Dental Centers in Gilbert, AZ, our team combines a meticulous approach with gentle techniques. During your visit, your hygienist will eliminate the bacteria, plaque, and tartar responsible for dental decay. He or she will also remove any bacteria that has accumulated along your gum line. In this way, a cleaning will combat gum disease, along with related tooth loss and other systemic problems.

Dental Cleanings Are Vital for Your Oral and Physical Health

To understand the importance of dental cleanings, you need to know how cavities and gum disease develop. Cavities arise when bacteria accrue in your mouth. Often, they will form a sticky film called plaque, or they can bind with minerals in your saliva to create tartar. While the bacteria are in contact with your teeth, they will feed off of the sugars and starches in your food. Through the feeding process, they will create acids, which will erode your dental enamel. The worn areas will grow larger, affecting the deeper layers of your teeth, and a cavity will develop.

Similarly, gum disease stems from an accumulation of bacteria in your soft tissues. At first, the microbes will simply gather along your gum line. As they increase, however, they will create pockets in your gums around your tooth roots. Eventually, the pockets will grow larger, and they can cause your gums to pull away. As a result, you could suffer from a number of loose or missing teeth.

Dental cleanings are essential because your hygienist will remove harmful bacteria. Regular cleanings can also improve your long-term health, since untreated gum disease is linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

What Does a Dental Cleaning Involve?

The first thing your hygienist will do is eliminate bacteria and tartar from your teeth. He or she will work carefully to avoid touching your sensitive gums. Your practitioner will also use a special instrument to rinse your mouth and suction out the debris. Then he or she will remove smaller amounts of tartar with a scaler. Finally, when your teeth are free of harmful substances, your hygienist will polish them with an electric handpiece and prophylaxis paste. This gently abrasive toothpaste will give your smile a beautiful sparkle and shine.

Our cleanings typically occur at the same time as a dental exam. Your hygienist will check your teeth and gums throughout your cleaning. When it is finished, your dentist will come in to conduct an even more thorough evaluation.

How Often Should You Schedule a Cleaning?

We recommend scheduling a cleaning at least once every six months. However, in some circumstances, you may benefit from additional care. For example, if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may want to visit us three to four times a year. Extra cleanings may also be beneficial if you frequently develop cavities.

For optimal oral health, you should schedule routine cleanings for every member of your family. In fact, cleanings are vital for young children because they will lay a lifelong foundation for a healthy smile. Even patients who wear full dentures also need cleanings because they are still at risk for gum disease.

Book Your Appointment Today

Protect your smile and systemic health. Contact Value Dental Centers Gilbert to schedule a cleaning.