This post from Crabtree Dental in Katy focuses on professional cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.
The answer is that both processes are essential because they work together to maintain oral health.
We encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry by:
- Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
- Regular dental cleanings
- Regular checkups
Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. When plaque hardens it becomes tartar, and can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.
These special tools are used to scrape the surfaces of your teeth. It may tickle a bit, but it’s painless. It’s a little bit like using a scrub brush on a dirty dish. We’ll maek sure all areas of the teeth are clean and smooth.
Next we’ll inspect your gums, looking for any inflammation. We’ll measure gum pockets, too, which is a check against possible gum disease. The measuremenmts are in millimeters. Be sure to ask if you have any questions about this procedure.
After that we’ll polish your teeth with a very special brush that spins on the end. This will make the surfaces of your teeth as smooth and shiny as can be. We use an extra-gritty toothpaste for this.
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