In the dental world, cleanings are also known as prophylaxis, a scary word for a routine appointment! At Modern Family Dentists, we recommend you come in for a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums twice a year, more often if you are suffering from periodontal disease.
Having great dental hygiene starts in the home with regular brushing and flossing. It is also important that you see a dentist for cleanings, exams, and x-rays. Dentists can easily detect and diagnose disease and decay. Treating these conditions early on can save you from future expenditures and allow your smile to last you a lifetime. Regularly scheduled cleanings can save you from pain and costly procedures.
Regular cleanings can stop the advancement of gingivitis and can prevent periodontal disease. We remove plaque and tartar from the teeth which are not removed from routine brushing and flossing. When we remove the tartar and plaque build up, it leaves your teeth clean and smooth which makes it difficult for bacteria to adhere to. Prophylaxis also results in fresher breath!
Cleanings are typically painless, however if you have anxiety please ask about our Sedation Dentistry, we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable for your visit.
If you notice your gums bleeding while you are brushing, you may be missing a major sign of gum disease! Gum disease occurs when the bacteria between the gums and teeth build up causing inflammation of the gums and eventually tooth loss. This disease can often be treated with a few visits to the dentist if it is still in it’s beginning stages.