Taking care of your mouth is an important daily habit. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush at least twice a day, and floss once daily, to help prevent serious issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. However, these habits are only a part of the equation. At National Dental Williston Park, we provide professional cleanings to optimize your oral health.
The Importance of Cleanings
Throughout the day, plaque (a sticky film that forms on the surfaces of your teeth) and bacteria build up inside your mouth. Even though this is a natural process, having an overabundance of each can quickly lead to oral health issues. With regular brushing and flossing, you can keep both at bay. However, even those with perfect oral hygiene practices can still be faced with issues. This is because there are certain areas of the mouth that are harder to reach than others. Missing the same spots every day leads to a buildup of both plaque and bacteria, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. At National Dental, our cleanings are designed to clean your whole mouth, even those hard to reach areas, removing any buildup and preventing serious oral health problems from occurring.
The Difference Between Home Care and Professional Care
We recommend that you have at least two dental cleanings each year. While two cleanings might not seem like very much, they are crucial. When plaque is left on the surface of your teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with your toothbrush. The enamel of your teeth can also suffer erosion from acidic plaque, and the acids produced by bacteria. At National Dental, we are equipped with the latest tools and technologies to see and clean the more difficult to access areas of your mouth, helping to optimize your oral health.
How Your Cleaning is Performed
Your cleaning is a simple, straightforward process. We start by scraping the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup. We will also clean the areas between your teeth, as well as at the gumline. We will take the time to work even the most stubborn buildup. Next, we polish your teeth. This is done using an electric handpiece (equipped with a specialized head) and an abrasive dental polish. Your teeth are scrubbed to a smooth, beautiful finish.
After your teeth are polished, we then move on to flossing your teeth. Even if you have already flossed before your visit, an extra flossing session won’t hurt. It will allow us to reach any spots you may have missed, as well as remove any debris and extra polish that may have collected between your teeth during your cleaning. If necessary, we can finish your cleaning with a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of Cleanings
Cleanings offer several benefits:
- Along with a regular oral care routine, cleanings can help to prevent serious oral health issues.
- Your teeth will be whiter. Between scraping your teeth and polishing them, surface stains are removed, revealing the white enamel underneath.
- Your breath will be freshened.
- Professional cleanings, by helping to prevent serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease, can help to prevent serious health issues like heart disease and stroke.
- You save money. By preventing serious oral health problems, you do not have to worry about paying for invasive, expensive treatments.
To schedule your cleaning, call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.