According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. These habits are essential for maintaining good oral health. However, they are not the only factors. At National Dental Sunnyside, we provide professional dental cleanings to prevent serious oral health issues, helping to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL CLEANINGS
Throughout the day, your teeth collect plaque, and oral bacteria build up in your mouth. While both of these things are naturally occurring, excess amounts can be harmful to your oral health. Taking care of your mouth at home with brushing and flossing is critical for keeping plaque and bacteria at bay. However, even if you follow the ADA recommendations, there are areas of your mouth that you might miss. This can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria in these areas, which can then cause tooth decay and gum disease. With professional cleanings at National Dental, we can locate the areas of buildup, effectively cleaning your teeth and preventing serious oral health issues from occurring.
HOME CARE VS PROFESSIONAL CARE
We recommend that you have at least two dental cleanings every year (one every six months). While two visits may seem insignificant, they are quite critical. Plaque that is left too long on your teeth hardens into tartar, and cannot be removed with regular brushing. Plaque and bacteria can also erode the enamel of your teeth, causing tooth decay and cavities. At National Dental, we are equipped with the latest tools and technologies that allow us to see the otherwise difficult to see places in your mouth and provide you with a thorough cleaning that will help to maintain the health of your mouth.
HOW YOUR CLEANING IS DONE
Dental cleanings are a straightforward procedure. We start by scraping plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. This includes between your teeth as well as at the gum line. Once your teeth have been scraped clean, we then move on to polishing. This involves the use of our electric handpieces. The polish, which contains abrasives, is scrubbed against your teeth as the head of the handpiece rotates. Your teeth are polished to a beautiful finish. We then floss your teeth. With flossing, we can help to remove any lingering polish and other lingering debris. We can also provide you with a fluoride treatment, if necessary.
BENEFITS OF A DENTAL CLEANINGS
There are numerous benefits of dental cleanings:
- When combined with routine oral care at home (twice daily brushing and daily flossing), your risk of developing issues such as gum disease and tooth decay is far less.
- Between scraping your teeth and polishing them, we remove some of the surface stains, helping to whiten your teeth.
- You will notice that your breath is fresher.
- Because dental cleanings help to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, your risk for health issues such as heart disease and diabetes are reduced.
- You save money. By preventing serious oral health issues, you avoid the need for invasive, and expensive, treatments.
Regular dental cleanings, at least twice a year, are an integral part of your oral healthcare routine. To schedule your cleaning, call National Dental Sunnyside today at (718) 925-3365.