According to the recommendations of the American Dental Association, patients need to come into the office for cleanings and examinations two times a year at a minimum.
This recommendation is for patients of all ages. When cleanings are done on a regular basis, it helps to maintain a high level of oral cavity health.
When these are paired with brushing and flossing at home, the patient's mouth will be well defended against decay and disease.
This is vital to the oral cavity health and the overall health of the body as well. Many fail to grasp the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums and how their oral health can impact their overall body's health.
When the oral cavity has an infection, it can easily spread throughout the body through the bloodstream, leading to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes.
For those patients interested in finding out more about cleanings, please come to our office and see us at Bonnie & Simone. Come in today.
Are Cleanings Important?
When patients brush and floss twice a day, it keeps the dangerous bacteria that live in the oral cavity at healthy levels.
It helps to remove the bacteria from the surfaces of the gums and teeth and hinders tooth decay and the development of periodontal disease.
That is why professional cleanings are considered important. They help with a deep cleanse of the oral cavity, reaching areas that brushing and flossing alone cannot.
It helps to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the visible areas of the teeth and gums as well as those areas below the gums.
Part of the cleaning process also involves using a tooth polish to help remove enamel stains to brighten the patient's smile.
By performing their due diligence, patients are able to dramatically lower their chances of developing periodontal disease.
During these professional cleanings, we will also check the patient's teeth to look for any changes in their oral pathology. This means looking for any ulcers, sores, abscesses, and other tissue anomalies.
This is always important to identify any abnormal tissue growths in case they are indicative of oral cancer and other diseases or illnesses.
What Happens During a Cleaning?
Professional cleanings generally take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. Our office will always update the patient's records to properly track any oral cavity anomalies.
We will also use a scaler to remove tartar, bacteria, and plaque from teeth by scraping it off. This is done both above and below the gum line.
Once completed, we will use an abrasive toothpaste to polish away any stains on tooth enamel. X-rays are taken as well to evaluate the health of the jawbone to determine if any action needs to be taken to ensure oral health.
Patients interested in finding out more about the professional cleanings we offer are strongly urged to come see us at
Bonnie & Simone to get details. We can also be reached by phone simply by calling the following phone number (757) 540-1028. We are happy to give a phone consultation or to schedule your appointment when you call.