A professional dental cleaning is a procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. This is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
At Excel Dental professional dental cleanings reinforce your home-care oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and give Drs. Davis and Matthews an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
At Excel Dental we recommend a professional cleaning every 6 months in order to keep you smiling healthy. “A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve a patients’ oral health”, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.
Here are some of the benefits of a professional dental cleaning:
• Tartar (Calculus) removal – Plaque buildup, above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Drs. Davis and Matthews or our experienced dental hygienists use specialized dental equipment to identify and treat the build up of tartar in your mouth.
• Aesthetics – Professional cleanings can make you feel confident about your smile again, by getting rid of the yellowing stained teeth.
• Fresher breath – A sign a patient may have periodontal disease is persistent bad breath (halitosis). With the removal of plaque, tartar and bacteria during a professional cleaning a patients’ breath is noticeable improved.
• Identification of health issues – Drs. Davis and Matthews often identify other health issues during a professional cleaning that a patient might not realize they have. During a professional cleaning our doctors will examine the entire oral cavity. They will screen for oral cancer and may find signs of other medical problems linked to periodontal disease such as kidney or heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
When a patient receives a professional cleaning from a Registered Dental Hygienist at Excel Dental, they are greeted with a smile and taken back to our hygiene chair where they are made comfortable prior to this cleaning. Hygienists ask about sensitivity prior to treatment to ensure exceptional patient care is provided. People who regularly practice good oral hygiene at home with proper brushing and flossing techniques typically do not experience discomfort during a cleaning. However, if a patient experiences discomfort or sensitivity during a dental cleaning, our dentists or a hygienist can use a topical anesthetic before or during the cleaning to alleviate any discomfort.
During a dental cleaning, you’ll receive a dental examination that includes diagnostic and preventative services from Drs. Davis and Matthews, as well as any needed educational information.
Our team at Excel Dental would be happy to answer any questions you have about professional dental cleanings or dental exams, Contact us today!