Even if you’re a pro with brushing and flossing your teeth at home, you still need to maintain professional cleanings with your dentist to maintain a healthy smile. Alfred Roseroot, DMD, and his team of experts at Roseroot Dental offer high-quality dental cleanings at their state-of-the-art clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois. To get started with your dental cleaning, schedule a visit with Roseroot Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
When you opt for a dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) at Roseroot Dental, you’re getting high-quality and professional maintenance of your smile. Even if you practice exceptional at-home care like brushing and flossing, you still need professional dental cleanings.
Most people have certain areas of their mouths that regular brushing and flossing simply don’t clean well enough, and having a professional regularly check in on the status of your oral health can ensure that any potential problems, like tooth decay or gum disease, don’t get the chance to progress.
When you catch oral health problems early, the team at Roseroot Dental has a better chance of treating them with methods that are more conservative and less complex.
What happens during a dental cleaning and exam?
Your dental cleaning is typically performed by one of the highly skilled registered dental hygienists on the team at Roseroot Dental. Your hygienist uses special tools to clean your teeth of plaque and tartar (or calculus).
Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth and contains living bacteria, food debris, and saliva, while tartar is hardened plaque that’s firmly attached to your tooth’s surface. The bacteria in plaque and tartar produce toxins that inflame your gums, which can lead to gum disease when left in your mouth.
Once your teeth are free of plaque and tartar, your hygienist uses a high-powered electric toothbrush to give your teeth a professional polishing. They may also provide you with fluoride treatments if they think it’s necessary.
After your cleaning, your dentist performs a dental exam, which includes the following:
- Inspecting your teeth for signs of tooth decay
- Examining any existing restorations, like fillings, crowns, or bridges
- Checking your gums for signs of periodontal disease
- Oral cancer screening
Depending on how long it’s been since your last exam, your dentist might also take X-rays to check for any signs of decay, tumors, cysts, or bone loss.
How often do I need to get a dental cleaning?
Most patients need to have regular cleanings and exams every six months, but the American Dental Association recommends working out a schedule with your dentist.
Some patients, like those who are particularly prone to cavities or who are suffering from periodontal disease, might need more frequent exams and cleanings. Schedule your dental cleaning today by calling the office at Roseroot Dental or booking a visit online.