No matter how healthy your smile is, you should visit the dentist twice a year for routine dental cleanings and examinations. Not only do these treatments give your teeth and gums a professional cleaning, but they also give your dentist an opportunity to examine your oral health and detect any abnormalities that can be difficult to diagnose at home.
In this blog post, we walk through what you can expect at a routine dental cleaning and checkup at Artistic Dentistry.
Your dental hygienist and dentist will both examine your mouth and gums to spot any issues, like gum disease, worn out fillings, etc. They will also ask you if you have any particular concerns or issues you’ve noticed in your mouth. You may get X-rays taken of your mouth to help your dental team more effectively treat you.
During your dental cleaning, your dental hygienist will scrape away plaque and tartar buildup around your teeth and gums. Even with a consistent brushing and flossing routine, it is still possible to develop buildup in hard-to-reach-areas. This is also an opportunity for your dental hygienist to suggest ways to better maintain your smile, like using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one, flossing more often, or swishing with a special mouthrinse.
After your dental hygienist has removed buildup from your teeth and gums, they will then use a powerful, professional toothbrush and a gritty, abrasive toothpaste to polish your teeth. They will also floss your teeth to clear away any debris and check for bleeding gums.
For additional protection, your dental hygienist will apply a fluoride treatment to fortify your teeth against decay. The fluoride is absorbed into the crystalline mineral structure of your enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, to make it stronger. This is called remineralization.
Affordable Preventive Dentistry in Tucson, AZ
Twice yearly routine cleanings and exams can help you maintain a healthy smile. If you’re in need of a professional cleaning, contact Artistic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We offer a variety of payment options, oral healthcare services, and sedation options to make your visit with us as convenient, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible!
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