EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS
In our opinion, there are two kinds of people in Monaca, PA: those who go to the dentist twice a year every year for a professional cleaning and those who don't. If you're one of the people who are getting twice-yearly cleanings, do you know why you're going or is it just something you've always done? If you are not going to the dentist twice a year (or at all), maybe you don't understand the importance of professional cleanings. In this blog, our team at DentalWorks - Beaver Valley answers some of the most common questions concerning professional cleanings, such as why you do need to get them, what is done during your visit, how often they should be performed, insurance coverage, and more. Hopefully, by the time you finish this article, you'll be ready to schedule your next professional cleaning for yourself and your whole family at our office in Monaca, PA.
- WHAT CAN I DO BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS TO KEEP MY SMILE HEALTHY?
To ensure your smile stays clean and bright between professional cleanings, you have to develop and stick to a home hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice each day in addition to flossing at least once per day. Make sure you are switching to a new toothbrush (or brush head if you are using an electric toothbrush) at least every three months or earlier if the bristles are worn. During your cleaning, ask your team about proper brushing and flossing technique so you are getting the most out of your cleaning at home. You hygienist can also assist you with product recommendations, like a toothpaste to help if your teeth feel sensitive. Along with brushing and flossing, you can use mouthwash or a travel toothbrush throughout the day to clean away debris and stains.
- HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANINGS?
As a general rule, you should get your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Depending on your needs, your dentist may advise professional cleanings more often to deal with plaque and tartar buildup. Extra cleanings can help if you are prone to cavities or gum disease. For children and adults who ask for it, a professional fluoride treatment can be done after your cleaning to help strengthen your enamel. Dental sealants are another treatment to help lower your risk of cavities. However, brushing your teeth at least twice per day as well as flossing at least once per day in your home should be enough for most Monaca, PA patients to make sure your smile remains bright in between professional cleanings.
- WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING?
When you get comfortable in the dental chair, your hygienist can begin your cleaning. Some dental practices use an ultrasonic tool to help loosen buildup from your enamel before moving to a manual scaler. Each tooth will be carefully cleaned to remove plaque and tartar, especially along your gumline. After this, your dentist or hygienist will polish your enamel. The polishing process removes stains to whiten your smile. The final step of a professional cleaning is flossing between your teeth. If you are concerned about your flossing technique, now is a great time to get advice from your hygienist.
- WHAT IF I HAVE DENTAL FEARS OR ANXIETY?
If you're avoiding even a routine dental cleaning because of fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Modern dentistry uses gentler, more effective techniques to make routine cleanings and other dental treatments easier for patients. However, if a previous bad experience makes it difficult for you to even visiting the dentist, sedation options are available to keep you calm and comfortable during your appointment. Ahead of your cleaning, you'll have a consultation at DentalWorks - Beaver Valley to ascertain whether you are a good candidate for sedation and which is best for your needs. We offer nitrous oxide (more commonly known as "laughing gas") that can be used during your appointment and oral-conscious prescription medications (as an example, Valium), which will be taken ahead of your appointment. Either option will keep you awake, but calm and relaxed during your cleaning. Your dental team can talk about just what to expect before, during, and after your appointment in your initial consultation.
- DO I REALLY NEED A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING?
Although you brush twice a day every day at home, you may still be missing some areas of your enamel. Your teeth (especially your molars) are full of crevices that are awkward for you to reach on your own. A professional cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your enamel before they can turn into gingivitis or cavities. Visiting a dentist in Monaca, PA at least twice a year for a professional cleaning can save the time and expense of other procedures (as an example, tooth-colored fillings, scaling and root planing, as well as oral surgery and root canal therapy).
- WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE?
If you don't have dental insurance, many dental offices in Monaca, PA can help make your cleaning affordable. Dental practices generally accept most forms of payments, including low-interest medical financing. At DentalWorks - Beaver Valley, we help all of our patients by making their dental care affordable for themselves and their family. Keep in mind that a professional cleaning twice a year can help prevent larger problems like cavities, gum disease, and more. Avoiding these dental issues can help save you time and money on procedures like tooth-colored fillings and periodontal surgery.
STRENGTHEN AND BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE BY SCHEDULING YOUR NEXT PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING
If you want to make sure your family has bright, healthy smiles in your next picture by scheduling appointments for a professional teeth cleaning at a dental practice near you in Monaca, PA. If you are looking for an experienced team of dental professionals who use modern techniques and tools, contact DentalWorks - Beaver Valley to schedule a cleaning. We help Monaca, PA patients of all ages improve and maintain their smiles. If you have dental fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist, ask for a consultation for sedation dentistry. It's our goal to deliver a positive experience to make it easier for you to keep coming back to care for your smile.