Dental cleanings, also known as dental prophylaxis, is done by a dentist or a hygienist to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. During a dental prophylaxis, the dentist or hygienist removes plaque from the teeth. Plaque forms inside the mouth when foods containing carbohydrates are eaten and residue remains in the mouth.
Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on this food and produce acids after ingesting it. If not removed, this acid destroys tooth enamel leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
During a professional cleaning, your dentist will perform the following:
- Remove plaque on the teeth.
- Remove tartar/calculus found above the gum line. When plaque hardens on the tooth surface, it develops into calculus, which is quite difficult to remove.
- Remove stains and polish the teeth.
Dental examinations are essential to help diagnose a disease before it worsens and dramatically affects a person’s health. Plus, regular visits to the dentist can help you save money in the long run since problems are addressed while they are still small and less expensive to repair. Dental examinations will include the following:
- Gum disease evaluation
- Oral cancer screening
- Visual examination of dental decay
- Evaluation of existing restorations, such as fillings, crowns, etc.
- Examination of diagnostic test results, such as X-rays, to detect tumors, cysts, hidden decay, and other dental problems that the naked eye cannot see
Regular dental checkups should be as important as visits to your regular doctor or dermatologist. Scheduling, and keeping, regular twice-yearly cleanings and checkups is a key to preventive dentistry and good oral health.
"I just had the best cleaning and dental visit. Really appreciate the attentiveness from start to finish. Everyone was very friendly, helpful and competent." - W.A.
"I have been with New Smiles for several years and have always been met with excellent service, whether I am going in for a cleaning or something more invasive. Dr. Aanderud has a fantastic way to help calm your nerves and has such a sincere way when working with me.
I tend to be a little stressed in a dental environment, but Dr. Aanderud makes me feel very comfortable and confident. He will work at my pace, always being sensitive to my needs." - D.J.
"New Smiles is a top quality dental office. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The office is clean and well organized. The dentists are continually updated on the latest technologies and are able to handle all dental needs. I will continue to return for all of my dental needs." - C.G.