The Academy of General Dentistry recommends a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year in order to improve and maintain your oral health.
A professional cleaning allows the dentist to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth while also locating areas in the mouth that may need additional attention or treatment. Professional cleanings also allow for instruction on the importance of at-home oral health care and the need for routine brushing and flossing.
If you brush and floss on a regular basis, you shouldn't have to worry about experiencing any discomfort during your cleaning. However, patients who do not practice good oral hygiene at home may experience discomfort or sensitivity during their cleaning.
As part of your routine cleaning, you may receive any of the following diagnostic and preventive services, as well as thorough education regarding your oral health:
• A review of your medical history
• Oral cancer screening
• Gum evaluation
• Exam of the jaw and bite
• Referral to a specialist
• Removal of plaque, tartar, and stains
• Fluoride treatment
• Sealant treatment for children
• Denture and partials cleaning and/or maintenance
• Cavitron, Piezo, Sonic Cleaners
• Instructions on brushing and flossing
• Nutritional counseling
• Future treatment recommendations
• At-home self-care evaluation