Dental cleanings are essential preventive care procedures and key to maintaining optimal oral health. Regular dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene practices can help prevent dental problems and promote overall well-being.
Plaque builds up on your teeth throughout the day and can be hardened by stomach acids. These plaque deposits can lead to tooth decay and other issues when they are not removed. On the other hand, professional cleanings efficiently remove these deposits and significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities or gum disease. During your cleaning, one of our friendly hygienists at Cadena Dentistry will gently scrape away any buildup and use special tools to clean between your teeth and smooth out the surface of your tooth enamel.
The Importance of Dental Cleanings and Prevention
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque can accumulate on the teeth, hardening into tartar over time. Dental cleanings, performed by dental hygienists, involve the removal of plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gumline using specialized tools. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Early Detection of Dental Problems
Our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and mouth before or after your dental cleaning. This allows them to identify early signs of dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other conditions. Early detection enables prompt intervention and treatment, leading to better outcomes and preventing more extensive dental procedures.
Overall Health Connection
Good oral health is closely linked to overall health. Research has shown associations between poor oral health and various systemic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Regular dental cleanings and preventive care contribute to maintaining oral health, which can positively impact overall well-being.
The Dental Cleaning Process
Before starting the cleaning procedure, the dental hygienist or dentist will examine your teeth and gums. They will check for any signs of oral health issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or abnormalities in the oral tissues. X-rays may be taken to view your teeth and underlying structures comprehensively.
Next, using specialized dental instruments, the dental hygienist will carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and gumline. This process, known as scaling, involves scraping the deposits away, paying particular attention to areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.
After scaling the teeth, the dental hygienist will use a polishing compound and a rotating brush to polish your teeth. This helps remove surface stains and gives your teeth a smoother texture. The dental hygienist will floss between your teeth to remove any remaining plaque or debris from the areas that brushing and scaling may have missed. They will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and may provide recommendations on suitable dental care products.
By incorporating regular dental cleanings into your oral routine and practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can effectively prevent dental problems, maintain a healthy smile, and support your overall health. To learn more or schedule your next cleaning appointment, visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322.