Getting a professional dental exam and cleaning twice a year is the ideal way to minimize your risk of decay and gum disease. Men and women throughout Sunnyvale, California can get all of their dental needs met under one roof at Smile Center Silicon Valley. The clinic’s caring dental practitioners, John Vellequette, DDS and Stephanie Fung, DDS, spend time focusing on preventive care to minimize your risk of future oral health complications. Schedule your teeth cleaning appointment either online or over the phone.
Even if you follow the most regimented oral hygiene routine, brushing and flossing after every meal, you can still develop plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque (bacterial film) and tartar form in hard-to-reach areas along your gum line and between your teeth.
Although you can remove some plaque buildup on your own at home, once it hardens, it becomes tartar. The only way to remove tartar is to schedule a cleaning with your hygienist, who uses specialized tools to scrape it away. If you put off your dental cleanings or avoid going to the dentist, that tartar buildup can lead to dental cavities.
Depending on when you had your last set of X-rays, your dental cleaning may start out with getting updated imaging. This helps your hygienist and dentist see if you have any underlying oral health concerns and lets them review the health of each of your tooth’s roots.
During your cleaning, your hygienist uses a small mirror to guide the scaler instrument across your teeth. They gently scrape away plaque and tartar from between your teeth and below your gum line. It’s normal to feel and hear some scraping, and possibly feel some poking near your gums, but this process shouldn’t be painful.
The next step involves polishing your teeth with a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric toothbrush. This step removes any tartar that’s left behind. After rinsing your mouth, your teeth are officially clean and tartar-free.
Your dentist then spends some time evaluating your teeth, checking your X-rays, and performing an oral health screening to look for early warning signs of oral cancer. As long as you don’t have any cavities or other concerns, you won’t have to come back until your next routine cleaning and exam.
Because getting a professional cleaning and dental exam is considered part of your overall health and wellness, plan on seeing your dentist at Smile Center Silicon Valley twice a year. If you need a filling, root canal, or other dental procedure, you may need additional visits.
Book your next teeth cleaning at Smile Center Silicon Valley. You can schedule either online or over the phone.