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Dental Cleanings: Top 5 Commonly Asked Questions

01/08/2023

Dental cleanings play a crucial role in maintaining your oral health, helping you to preserve both your smile and your confidence. However, this is a general dentistry procedure that may raise some questions or uncertainties.
In the article below, our experts at Kettering Dental & Implant Clinic will explore the top 5 commonly asked questions about dental cleanings, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of their significance.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, your dentist will carefully assess your oral health, checking for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Then, using specialised instruments, they will gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth – especially hard-to-reach areas. This step is vital as plaque and tartar can harbour harmful bacteria, potentially leading to tooth decay and gum inflammation in the future.
Afterward, your teeth are polished to a brilliant shine, removing surface stains and leaving you with a brighter smile. A fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen your teeth and protect against acid attacks and cavities.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Dental cleanings can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Plaque constantly forms on your teeth, and can harden into tartar if not removed. This irritates the gums, increasing the likelihood of gum disease.

Untreated gum disease can lead to severe consequences, including gum recession, bone loss, and even tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings effectively remove plaque and tartar, reducing the risk of gum disease and preserving your oral health.

2 Dentists  wearing their professional white uniforms and hair cap, cleaning a patient's teeth.

Who needs dental cleanings?

Everyone, regardless of age or dental health, should have regular dental cleanings. Even with excellent oral hygiene habits, some areas in the mouth may be difficult to clean thoroughly, making dental cleanings essential for maintaining optimal oral health.

Certain individuals may need dental cleanings more frequently. For example, those with braces, dental appliances, or certain medical conditions may require more frequent cleanings to prevent plaque build-up around these devices.

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

The frequency of dental cleanings varies based on individual factors such as age, dental health, and risk factors for gum disease.

In general, most adults should have a dental cleaning every six months. This regular schedule helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums and detect any dental issues early on.

However, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings if you have a history of gum disease, certain medical conditions, or other risk factors that increase your susceptibility to oral health problems.

What should I expect after a dental cleaning?

After a dental cleaning, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, especially if tartar build-up was significant. This sensitivity should subside within a few days, leaving your mouth feeling clean, refreshed, and healthier. Your teeth will look brighter and free of surface stains.

Dental cleanings are an essential aspect of maintaining good oral health and preventing dental issues. By prioritising regular dental cleanings, you are taking proactive steps towards a healthier, more confident smile and overall well-being.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist in Kettering if you have any questions or uncertainties about dental cleanings.

They can provide personalised guidance, recommend an appropriate cleaning schedule, and ensure you have a comfortable and positive experience during your dental visits.

So, schedule your dental cleaning today and invest in the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Remember, prevention is the key to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come.

 

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