Palo Alto, CA
Dental cleanings are far more than just getting your teeth clean. They are an opportunity to get a thorough look around your mouth and to make sure that anything that could be starting to go wrong in your mouth is addressed. That is why cleaning and exams go together. However, getting your teeth cleaned by us every six months is one of the best ways of ensuring that your teeth do not decay prematurely. When it comes to caring for your mouth, cleanings are one of the most important things you can do on a regular basis. Let the professionals here at Palo Alto Oral Health let us show you how amazing a good dental cleaning can feel.
Why Get a Dental Cleaning if You Clean Your Teeth At Home?
Cleaning your teeth at home is an outstanding way of keeping your teeth as healthy as possible outside of visits to our office. However, they can only do so much. When you brush and floss, you remove a lot of the debris in your mouth. Inevitably, some gets left behind. When plaque gets left behind, it becomes tartar. This is like a rock that is attached to your tooth. The longer it sits there, the more damage it can do.
When you come in to our office for a cleaning, we use specialized tools to make sure that tartar comes off of your teeth and they are thoroughly cleaned. We sometimes use our special toothbrush to rub at tiny bits of tartar, while other times we have to scrape it away. When the tartar comes off, it can leave damage behind which may require something like a filling. However, when you come in and see us like clockwork, we can often avoid this and simply leave you with a beautiful smile for your efforts.
Where Do We Clean When You Come In for a Cleaning?
When you come in for a dental cleaning, we make sure to clean your whole mouth. We will clean your teeth and chewing surfaces, plus we will also clean along and below the gumline. This is a great place for plaque to get left since your toothbrush is only able to get slightly under this tissue. If you are not careful, tartar can build up along the gums and lead to issues such as decay, as well as gum disease. By getting a professional cleaning, we can help to ensure your risk of these problems is as low as it can get.
Let Us Help You Keep Good Dental Habits
Ideally, we want to see our patients every six months. However, in some instances, we may need to see you more often than that. If we spotted the early signs of an issue at your last cleaning, we may ask you to come back in 3-4 months instead. We want to make sure your mouth is always clean so your teeth can stay strong and healthy. If you ever want to find out more about what happens during your dental cleaning or have any questions about it, then reach out to us here at Palo Alto Oral Health. Our number is (650) 321-9693 and we are here to help in any way we can.