A dental cleaning is recommended every 6 months. During your dental cleaning (prophylaxis) your gums and teeth are thoroughly cleaned to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.
At your cleaning appointments, the Hygienist will use an ultrasonic scaler and hand tools to remove hardened plaque, calculus, stains and tartar that regular brushing and flossing do not remove. If plaque and calculus is not removed it could lead to gingival recession and bleeding, bone loss, or even loss of the tooth itself.
An oral cancer screening exam is performed at your hygiene appointment as well. Lastly, any visible abnormalities are noted and monitored.
Here at Smileplicity Dentistry we offer the Smile Forever membership plan for patients without insurance. The one time annual fee covers for your 2 yearly cleanings, exams and x-rays. As a member, you also get 15% off any recommended treatment. It is dental coverage for the whole family, with no waiting periods, no maximum allowance and no deductibles!
Good oral care at home and professional dental cleanings go hand in hand to maintain your overall health. Brushing is recommended 2 times a day. Move the bristle in a circular motion, moving bacteria away from your gums. It is important to remember not to brush too hard as it can cause gingival recession.
Brushing removes only 50% of the bacteria in your teeth, flossing will remove the other 50%. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and repeat the C shape on the neighboring tooth.
Poor oral hygiene has been linked to a range of health conditions such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and uncontrollable diabetes. This is due to the bacteria build up in your mouth entering your bloodstream.
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