Your oral care starts in your own home. According to the ADA, it is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. These steps are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth, but they are only a part of the equation. Along with your home care routine, it is also recommended that you have regular professional cleanings, at least twice a year. At Surprise Smiles, we provide the professional cleanings you need to optimize your oral health.
Why are Professional Cleanings So Important?
Every day, a sticky substance known as plaque builds up on the surfaces of your teeth, and bacteria build up in your mouth. Both plaque and bacteria are both naturally occurring, but they are also both harmful to your teeth and gums. They can irritate and inflame your gum tissue, which leads to gum disease. They both produce acids that can lead to tooth decay and cavities. A professional cleaning is designed to remove the buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. We are also able to reach the areas of your mouth that you may not be able to access on your own.
Oral Care at Home Vs. Professional Oral Care
Two professional cleanings each year doesn’t seem like much. However, these two visits are essential to keeping your mouth healthy. Even if you brush and floss every day, there may be areas that you miss. If plaque is left to sit on your teeth too long, it eventually hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by regular brushing, no matter how hard you scrub. Brushing too hard can be detrimental to your oral health. It can quickly lead to gum recession and wear away the enamel of your teeth. At Surprise Smiles, we are equipped with the latest, specialized tools to effectively remove all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, leaving them smooth and clean. We are also able to reach the areas that you may not see or may not be able to reach.
Your Dental Cleaning
Your dental cleaning is a fairly straightforward, simple process. We begin with a thorough cleaning of your teeth. Using special tools, we scrape the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris. We make sure to scrape the areas between your teeth as well pay special attention to the areas around and just under your gum line. We make sure that no area goes untouched.
Once we have finished scraping your teeth, we then move on to polishing them. This involves the use of an electric hand tool and a dental polish. The polish contains abrasives that scrub your teeth to a beautiful, clean shine.
After polishing your teeth, we then floss them. By flossing, we help to remove any loose debris that we removed while scraping your teeth as well as any polish that may have accumulated between your teeth. If necessary, we can finish your cleaning with a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of Professional Dental Cleaning
There are several benefits to a dental cleaning. Along with your regular at home care, dental cleanings help to prevent serious oral health issues. Professional cleanings help to whiten your smile and freshen your breath. With a clean mouth, you take steps to prevent health issues like heart disease and stroke. Finally, by preventing oral health issues from occurring, you save money by avoiding the need for invasive dental procedures.
Professional dental cleanings allow you to keep your mouth healthy and happy. For more information, and to schedule your dental cleaning, call Surprise Smiles at (602) 842-4864 today.