It doesn’t matter how well you brush and floss, there are bacteria from the food you eat that you’ll miss during your at-home oral hygiene routine. Regular dental cleanings with Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, at PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, need to be a vital part of your oral health care. Professional cleanings limit your risk of gum disease, decay, and tooth loss, and they also help keep your breath fresh and your smile looking its best. To set up your next dental cleaning, call the office or book an appointment with the online scheduling tool today.
A dental cleaning is a procedure that cleans out the spaces between your teeth and around your gum line of all plaque, a sticky colorless substance that forms from the bacteria in the food you eat. It’s a vital part of your preventive oral health care.
Even if you think you remove all the bacteria in and around your teeth from brushing and flossing at home, that’s not exactly the case. Professional dental cleanings use specialized tools that can reach plaque that can’t be reached at home.
First, Dr. Khlevnoy or Dr. Dontsova use a small mirror to inspect your teeth and gums for signs of decay or inflammation. Then the cleaning begins.
They use a scaler to dig around your gum line and remove plaque and tartar — which is hardened plaque. You’ll hear scraping sounds during this part, which is perfectly normal. Next, they use a high-powered toothbrush to further clean your teeth and the gum line.
Afterward, they perform thorough, expert flossing to get rid of any remaining materials.
Regular dental cleanings are so important because they limit your risk of oral health problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. These problems are closely linked to serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke, making dental cleanings doubly important.
Coming in for dental cleanings also helps Dr. Khlevnoy and Dr. Dontsova pinpoint weaknesses in your at-home oral hygiene routine. It’s a great time to learn about how to improve your flossing or find out spots you’re missing and can pay more attention to when you’re brushing after meals.
Typically, you need to come in for a dental cleaning every six months. In some cases, Dr. Khlevnoy or Dr. Dontsova may recommend coming in more frequently — usually, if you’ve had a history of oral hygiene problems or have a recurring issue that needs monitoring.
If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, call the office or schedule an appointment at PDX Smile Design online today.