There are numerous factors that will contribute to how healthy your teeth, gums, and mouth are overall, one of which is regular dental cleanings. Those who are committed to seeing their dentist on a regular basis will have a much greater chance of maintaining their oral health for many years to come. It is generally recommended that you have your teeth cleaned professionally every 6 months, as this will help prevent any diseases from developing and ensure you are not in need of any further treatment. Many people ask why they must see the dentist so often for cleanings, especially if they make an effort to brush and floss at least twice a day. While brushing and flossing are both important to your oral health, professional cleanings are absolutely necessary if you don’t want to have a dental headache on your hands down the road.

Even the most diligent of individuals can miss hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, which can leave you vulnerable to disease, tooth decay, and other serious problems. Many people do not realize this, but your oral health directly impacts your overall health, which is why it is absolutely imperative that you schedule regular cleanings with your dentist at least twice per year. Your six month oral exam with Dr. Van Natta will ensure any problems are spotted and properly treated, before they get worse. Furthermore, a professional teeth cleaning will also work to prevent the majority of oral health issues, namely periodontal disease.

What to Expect

For patients who practice good oral hygiene at home – i.e. proper brushing and flossing techniques – a regular dental cleaning shouldn’t be uncomfortable or painful in any way. However, patients who do not have a good oral hygiene routine or neglect properly brushing and flossing may experience some level of discomfort or sensitivity during the cleaning. Depending on the specific scenario, Dr. Van Natta may use some topical anesthetic in order to alleviate any discomfort.

During the cleaning the patient will undergo a thorough exam as well as receive either diagnostic or preventative services, if necessary. Professional dental cleanings aim to help individuals maintain their oral health, while also offering an educational experience about the teeth, gums, and mouth overall.

Dental cleanings performed by your dentist will involve the removal of plaque and tartar buildups, which is an important step in keeping your teeth happy and healthy for many years to come. No matter how great of a brusher and flosser you are, substances – such as bacteria and calcium deposits – build up on your teeth, which can affect their aesthetics and health. If you notice your teeth are stained or discolored, it may be due to a plaque buildup that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Set Up a Teeth Cleaning Appointment Today

The health of your teeth, gums, and mouth, will play a role in your overall health as time goes on. In order to prevent decay or gum disease, it is recommended that you see your dentist at least twice per year. While many people dread going to the dentist, the experience of having your teeth professionally cleaned is typically a positive one. Here at Dr. Van Natta’s dental office, we aim to provide each and every patient with the information they need in order to feel comfortable about the oral health care they are receiving. If you have any questions about our teeth cleaning services or have experienced any discomfort during this appointment in the past, please let us know. Our dental hygienists and Dr. Van Natta herself are committed to providing the highest quality of service in order to keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy.