Cleaning and Prevention
Dental cleanings are a critical part of your oral hygiene routine. Cleanings assist in the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. Plaque and tartar are what cause cavities and gum disease.
When you come in for your regular cleaning at Fallbrook Dental Care, our dental team cleans your teeth, paying special attention to places you may have missed.
Why Should I Have My Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
Professional cleanings, also called prophylaxis, are an important part of your oral hygiene routine. The hygienist will use a high-powered electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to remove plaque and debris from the teeth. Professional cleanings can help to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other problems.
How Often Should I Have My Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
When you are receiving regular dental care, your dentist will schedule your cleanings twice a year. If you’re experiencing gum disease, you may need to receive cleanings more often.
Your dental cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Your dentist will also polish your teeth, a process that removes stains and surface discoloration.
How Do You Prevent Your Teeth?
Regular Dental Checkups
Visiting the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup is crucial for preventing dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. While brushing and flossing at home can help, these cleaning methods alone cannot reach the deep areas of your mouth.
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings made from a resin material. They are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. Sealants cover the pitted surfaces of the teeth, protecting against decay and cavities. The sealants harden quickly and are nearly invisible to the naked eye.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will need to schedule regular dental cleanings. These cleanings will remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. When you go in for a cleaning, we will also perform a thorough examination to identify any potential problems. If we do find something, such as a cavity, we can treat it right away. By catching problems when they are small, you are less likely to experience more serious issues.
Oral Cancer Screening
Your dentist needs to spot any warning signs of oral cancer. Because regular dental checkups involve an oral cancer screening, your dentist can identify and diagnose cancer in the early stages when it’s most treatable. The screening only takes a couple of minutes, and your dentist will take a look at your tongue, throat, cheeks, and gums.
We recommend dental x-rays for most patients with regular check-ups. X-rays allow your dentist to see your teeth and jaw structure, revealing any problems that you may not notice. The x-rays also reveal any developing problems, allowing your dentist to treat them as soon as possible. This can help keep minor problems from turning into major ones.
To learn more about the benefits of dental cleaning, contact Fallbrook Dental Care at 645 E. Elder Street Suite A, Fallbrook, CA 92028, or call (760) 728-8375.