Professional Teeth Cleanings in Cincinnati, OH
We know (or hope!) that you clean your teeth regularly at home, however, nothing can replace the importance, or effectiveness, of a professional cleaning.
A professional cleaning removes plaque and tartar that you simply can’t remove when brushing at home. This then helps prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. Additionally, an appointment to clean your teeth generally includes tooth scaling, polishing, sometimes followed by a fluoride treatment.
We generally recommend that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If periodontal disease (Gum disease) is diagnosed, we may recommend seeing you more often.
Six Things A Dental Cleaning Can Do For You
There are many good reasons for having your teeth cleaned at Tepe Family Dentistry. Here’s a list of five reasons you shouldn’t put off your routine teeth cleaning and preventative dental services:
The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. An acidic substance that eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
Stop tooth loss
Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw. This causes your teeth to loosen and potentially even fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene.
Brighten your smile
Drinking coffee, tea, and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!
Freshen your breath
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.
Boost your overall health
Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.
Get the most value from your dental benefits. Cleanings are often covered by many of the insurances with whom we work. Not only that, but studies show that keeping current on your dental cleanings greatly reduces your risk of cavities and more costly dental procedures.
Routine Checkup and Teeth Cleaning
Many people equate routine dental checkups with professional teeth cleaning. Teeth cleaning is an important part of your routine dental checkup, but these very important visits are so much more.
Typically recommended every six months, routine dental checkups ensure good oral hygiene and help detect any problems early on.
The earlier a problem is detected, the less extensive the treatment – which saves you both time and money.
Routine Dental Visit Checklist
A typical routine dental visit includes the following:
A visual check for cracked teeth, tooth decay, mouth sores, tender lymph nodes, and any pain in your neck or jaw
Dental X-rays (varies from patient to patient)
Clinical exam to check for the presence of gum disease
Professional teeth cleaning and polish
Dental record update
Recommendations for at-home oral hygiene habits
Oral cancer exam