If you are hoping to protect your smile from cavities, gum disease, and bad breath, brushing and flossing every day is critical, but so is getting professional dental cleanings from Summit Dental Group. With routine visits at our office, Drs. Mooney, Studebaker, Ritchie, and Richardson will help you avoid dental issues, plus we’ll fix any problems before they become major headaches.
Are you due for a teeth cleaning in Boise, Idaho? Schedule an appointment with our dentists to protect your smile.
Professional teeth cleaning or prophylaxis is a routine procedure carried out in our office to maintain good oral health. The process starts with a comprehensive examination of your mouth to look for signs of gum infection, decay, oral cancer, teeth misalignment, and other problems.
Our team will order dental X-rays to examine your dental health beneath the gum line when necessary. Dental X-rays help us unearth issues like teeth impaction, cysts, bone loss, tooth infection, and other issues not visible to the naked eye.
We’ll discuss treatment options to restore your oral health if we find issues in your dental exam. However, if all is well, it’s time to give your teeth a professional cleaning. During this process, the dental hygienist removes plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth. They use special tools to scale the teeth above and beneath the gum line, carefully removing built-in deposits.
After cleaning, we polish your teeth with a high-powered tool and gritty toothpaste. Polishing gives your teeth a smooth and shiny finish for a radiant-looking smile. Some patients experience mild sensitivity after a cleaning, but this goes away within a day or two. Your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste to relieve sensitivity for maximum comfort.
Even if you diligently brush and floss your teeth at home, everyone has trouble spots in the mouth that are hard to clean. When you miss spots in the mouth, plaque accumulates, and if it’s not removed, it calcifies into dental calculus that only a dentist can remove.
A professional hygienist or dentist has the tools and skills to target these hard-to-access areas to keep your teeth and gums healthy year-round. Besides cleaning your teeth, we examine your mouth to identify issues at their earliest stages. This way, we can restore your oral health with inexpensive, conservative treatments.
We recommend all patients, young and old, to see a dentist twice a year for dental cleanings. However, if you are at risk of decay or gum disease, we recommend three to four visits annually.
Routine dental cleanings offer numerous benefits, including:
We can keep your smile free from decay and infections with just two professional cleanings in a year. Sounds like a plan?