Daily oral care such as brushing, flossing and mouthwash are important parts to maintaining good oral health in particular tartar control. However, even the most persistent in their at home dental hygiene will still have plaque build up. Unfortunately, plaque likes to make itself home to places in your mouth that are hardest for brushes and floss to reach such as the back of your teeth and the edges of your gums. If plaque remains on your teeth for just as little as over 24 hours it can harden into tartar. Tartar is something that at home techniques cannot combat. That is why 6 month routine dental cleanings are necessary to maintaining optimal oral health.
A routine dental cleaning is nothing to worry about. Knowing what to expect in any medical appointment is important to ease any fears or anxieties you may have. A routine dental cleaning will begin with a licensed and trained dental hygienist examining your mouth for signs of gum disease or cavities. Our office makes it a practice to take oral x-rays once a year to view your bone and teeth health.
After examination the hygienist will clean your teeth using special techniques and tools to remove tartar that has built up on your teeth since your last visit. After removing tartar the hygienist will floss and use water and a compound to clean your mouth.
Once the hygienist has your teeth cleaned the dentist will come in to complete a thorough examination. This only take a few minutes and is very similar to what the hygienist completed, but the dentist is there to discuss any concerns or questions you may have and develop any further treatment plan needed.
Dr. Erickson and our team are committed to make our patients experience as relaxing and comfortable as possible while providing excellent dental care! Call us today at 745.4400 or contact us online to learn more about oral health and to schedule your routine dental appointment.