A dental cleaning is a preventive dental procedure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental cleanings are recommended at least twice a year. During a dental cleaning, a dental professional will remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and polish them.
Plaque and tartar buildup can cause a number of oral health issues. For instance, plaque and tartar buildup can erode the enamel. If the enamel erodes, it can lead to issues such as sensitivity or cavities.
Why is it necessary?
Dental cleanings are important because they prevent dental problems. Even patients who brush and floss regularly must still go to the dentist regularly for a dental cleaning. This is because dental problems can be painful and expensive to fix.
Plaque and tartar buildup can harden into calculus. Calculus is difficult to brush and floss off, which is why a patient needs a dental cleaning.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
During your dental cleaning, our dentist will:
- Review your dental history
- Examine your teeth and gums
- Remove plaque and tartar
- Polish your teeth
- Apply fluoride treatment
- Perform an oral cancer screening
How often do I need a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is recommended every six months for most patients. They help keep plaque from building up on your teeth. Plaque can eventually lead to cavities or gum disease. Dental cleaning also gives you that fresh, clean feeling.
The American Dental Association recommends that adults and children have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If your teeth are especially prone to plaque buildup due to genetic or environmental issues, then you may require frequent cleanings.
Is dental cleaning painful?
No, a dental cleaning procedure is not painful. However, patients may experience some sensitivity if plaque and calculus buildup is extensive. If this is the case, a local anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort.
Please reach out to our dental practice at 3121 Springbank Ln Ste D Charlotte, NC 28226, to consult with our dentists, Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz. Call Dentist in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 542-6003 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.