Even if you’re certain that you’ve perfected your oral cleaning routine at home, professional dental cleanings ensure that your teeth are perfectly polished and clear of harmful plaque and tartar. At Angel Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona, expert dentist Amber Angel, DDS, and her team provide thorough cleanings and exams to patients of all ages. Book a dental cleaning by phone or request an appointment online today.
Dental Cleaning Q & A
What should I expect during a dental cleaning?
Dental cleanings are an important part of preventing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health complications. At Angel Dentistry, Dr. Angel and her team provide care and cleanings to patients starting at 6 months of age. There are several steps you can expect at any standard cleaning appointment:
- Plaque and tartar removal
- Tooth polishing
- Examination for disease and decay
Dr. Angel uses laser therapy to remove inflamed gum tissue if you show signs of gum disease. She also uses localized agents to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth and prevent disease and decay.
A dental cleaning appointment is also the perfect opportunity for her to catch early signs of disease in your mouth and start treatment if you need it. Dr. Angel may also order a digital X-ray to view the inner structures of your mouth and jaw.
How often should I get dental cleanings?
Dental cleanings should be a part of your regular routine, just like check-ups at your doctor’s office. For most patients, Dr. Angel recommends coming in two times a year for cleanings and exams.
This recommendation can vary depending on the current state of your oral health and your oral health history. Some patients require just one visit per year, while others should come to Angel Dentistry more often for standard cleanings.
If you have children, you should bring them in for their first dental exam within six months of the appearance of their first tooth. Dr. Angel can offer advice for starting your child off with great oral hygiene habits.
How can I care for my teeth between professional cleanings?
Just as regular dental visits and cleanings are important for preventing disease and decay, home care is an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy. At each of your dental visits, Dr. Angel provides you with instructions for taking the best possible care of your teeth. She recommends:
- Brushing twice daily
- Using a fluoride toothpaste
- Brushing for two minutes at a time
- Flossing once daily
- Limiting sugar in your diet
- Avoiding smoking and tobacco use
If you have any questions about how to optimize your home care routine, Dr. Angel and her team are happy to answer them at any time.
To schedule a dental cleaning for yourself or your child, call Angel Dentistry or request an appointment online today.