For more than 200 years, the tradition of spring cleaning has been followed by households around the world. The season was chosen as the perfect “tidy up” time of year because winter left behind layers of soot, grime, and dust. If you participate in this annual rejuvenation of all things homey, this is also the perfect time to shine up your smile with a professional dental cleaning.
Is Brushing and Flossing Enough to Keep My Smile Healthy?
Brushing and flossing are excellent oral hygiene habits to develop, yet even a perfect technique may leave behind small amounts of food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Professional dental cleanings remove any remaining build-up at the gum line and in those hard-to-reach places, such as behind your back teeth.
How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?
You should have a dental cleaning at least twice each year. If you have periodontal disease or deep pockets around your teeth, your hygienist may recommend cleanings every three months. Most insurances cover two cleanings per year.
Are Other Treatments Performed During My Dental Cleaning?
The dental cleaning is part of a comprehensive exam that helps identify any oral health problems. You may work only with the hygienist, or the dentist may also check for cavities and other concerns. X-rays may be taken during one of your cleaning appointments each year. We also take the time to provide education on ways that you can improve your at-home care.
What is Root Planing and Scaling?
Root scaling and scaling is a type of dental cleaning that goes below the gum line. The treatment is recommended for patients who have signs of periodontal diseases, such as:
- Swelling of the gums
- Bone loss
- Loose teeth
- Light-colored gums
- Exposed roots
Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, and you may need an implant to replace the tooth.
Is It Time for Your Spring Dental Cleaning? Contact Centennial Dental Center.
Contact Centennial Dental Center to schedule your spring dental exam and cleaning and to learn about cosmetic dentistry, treatment for TMJ, same day crowns and our other services. If you prefer, you can contact our office in Boise directly at (208) 322-1112.