Gentle Cleaning Spokane, WA
A healthy mouth starts with a good oral care routine at home. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. While a regular home care routine is critical, it is only a part of a complete dental hygiene routine. Along with brushing and flossing at home, it is recommended that you visit the dental office at least twice a year. Part of these visits includes a professional cleaning. At Northview Family Dental, we can provide you with the professional cleanings you need to optimize your oral health.
Why are Professional Cleanings Important?
Brushing and flossing at home are essential for combating the buildup of both plaque, a sticky film that collects on your teeth throughout the day, and oral bacteria. Ignoring your oral care routine leads to an excess of both, which can quickly lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Even if you brush and floss every day, however, there are some areas of the mouth that may go unnoticed. As a result, even though you take care of your mouth, you can still develop oral health issues. During your professional cleanings, we can thoroughly clean the surfaces of your teeth, removing all buildup, including stubborn tartar. We are also able to see and reach, the areas of your mouth that you may otherwise miss.
The Difference Between Home Care and Professional Care
While having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year might not seem like much, these two visits can make a major difference in the health of your mouth. Even with daily brushing and flossing, some areas of the mouth may go untouched. This allows bacteria and plaque to continue to build in these spaces. Over time, plaque hardens to tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing. Even brushing aggressively, which is not recommended, cannot remove it. We are equipped with the latest tools and technologies specifically designed to thoroughly clean your teeth, effectively removing even the most stubborn buildup. In doing so, we can help you maintain a smooth, beautiful, healthy smile.
Your Cleaning Procedure
Your dental cleaning is a simple procedure. We begin by cleaning all surfaces of your teeth, including between the teeth as well as around, and just below, the gum line. We scrape your teeth with a specialized tool, removing all buildup including bacteria, plaque, tartar, and other debris.
After the teeth have been scraped clean, we then move on to polishing. We use an electric hand tool fitted with a spinning head and a special dental polish. The polish contains abrasives that scrub the surfaces of your teeth, leaving them sparkling clean. We then floss your teeth. Along with helping to remove any buildup that may be hiding between your teeth, flossing also helps to eliminate any debris and polish that may have accumulated in these spaces during your cleanings. If necessary, we can complete your cleaning with a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of Professional Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings offer numerous benefits. Along with scraping stubborn buildup from the surfaces of your teeth, we can reach the spaces of your mouth that you may miss regularly. Cleanings brighten your teeth and freshen your breath. By giving your teeth a thorough cleaning, we can help you prevent serious oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. In the prevention of these issues, we help you to avoid the need for invasive, expensive, treatments later.
Professional dental cleanings are an essential component of keeping your mouth healthy. To schedule your dental cleaning, call Northview Family Dental at (509) 590-1763 today.