Preventive care is the cornerstone of good dentistry, and there’s no better way to maintain the health of your smile than with a professional dental cleaning. Dentists Jeffrey Mitchell, DDS, and David Crosby, DMD, and the rest of the dental experts at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry in Casa Grande, Arizona, provide their patients with high-quality cleanings that leave their smiles looking great and feeling even better. Schedule your cleaning today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Professional Dental Cleanings Q & A
What is a dental cleaning?
Dental cleanings are professional tuneups for your smile. They give your dentist a chance to deep clean your teeth and check up on your oral health. Dental cleanings are an excellent example of good preventive dental care and can help prevent you from having to get more extensive or invasive dental work at some point down the line.
The team at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry have four professional dental hygienists on staff that are dedicated to making sure your professional cleanings keep your smile in the best possible health.
Why do I need a dental cleaning?
Even if you practice immaculate at-home care, there’ll still be spots in your smile that are troublesome and hard to reach. If plaque is left to sit in those spots for too long, it can harden and turn into tartar, which can only be removed with professional instruments during a dental cleaning.
Dental cleanings also give the team a regular opportunity to monitor your oral health and treat any conditions before they develop into something more serious. Gum disease, for example, is known as a silent killer because many patients don’t realize that they have it until it’s already progressed into its later stages. Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry can spot symptoms of conditions like these early on. The sooner they’re able to treat you, the more effective and conservative their treatments are likely to be.
How often do I need a dental cleaning?
The recommended frequency of your dental cleanings will vary depending on the condition of your oral health. Most people need a dental cleaning only every six months, but others might need to check in at Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry more often.
Patients that are suffering from gum disease, for example, might require more frequent cleanings. The team can work with you to determine exactly how often you need cleanings.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
Your dental cleaning begins with a quick visual exam. The team assesses the health of your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other conditions. Depending on the results of the visual assessment and how long it’s been since your last cleaning, they might take digital X-rays or 3D imaging of your mouth.
The actual cleaning then begins. The team removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth with a small instrument called a scaler. Once they’re done scraping off the buildup, they use a polishing toothpaste and a high-powered toothbrush to give you a professional-grade brushing, followed by professional flossing.
Keep up on your oral health by calling the office or scheduling a visit online today for a dental cleaning with Mitchell & Crosby Family Dentistry.