Regular appointments with your hygienist, is as important as a regular check-up with the dentist. A committed brushing and flossing habit at home is good, but it can only go so far in supporting the overall health and good maintenance of your teeth. Invariably there will be small hard to reach areas that are not getting all of the attention they need. If these spots are not caught in time, there is a risk they will develop into a cavity, or allow infection to set in.
We recommend you have a dental cleaning every six months. This is a good timeframe in which to identify changes in the mouth and teeth. Your dental hygienist will monitor your oral health, tracking any variations or areas of concern.
A dental cleaning usually takes around 30 minutes, but can sometimes take longer if you require treatment. Appointments generally last no longer than an hour.
Before the hygienist commences with cleaning your teeth, they will first check all of the soft oral and gum tissue in and outside of the mouth. Checking your mouth, cheeks and jaw for any signs of oral cancer or disease is imperative, to monitor healthy tissue, and ensure that any unexplained changes are investigated and treated in their infancy.
Your hygienist will check the gum line to ensure your gums and teeth are working symbiotically, to support a firm, stable foundation. They will ensure there are no signs of early stages of periodontal, or gum disease.
Any tartar or calculus build-up around the teeth is scraped away, to ensure the gums can properly grip and hold teeth, without impediment from plaque build-up. Even the healthiest patients with best cleaning and flossing practices can develop small build-ups of tartar in hard to reach areas. It is important to check every area of the gum line to ensure no teeth are susceptible to the onset of decay or infection.
The hygienist will polish teeth with an abrasive cleanser, removing any surface stains and discoloration from food and beverages. A professional tool has the ability to eradicate all traces or tartar, to lift the overall color of the teeth.
Unless a patient has particularly sensitive teeth, an oral condition or periodontal disease causing pain or discomfort, a dental cleaning is usually a straightforward and non-invasive procedure. If you have any reservations, or anxiety about what you might experience during the process, talk to your dentist or hygienist ahead of your scheduled appointment. We offer many options for relaxation, pain relief and sedation. No aspect of your regular dental cleanings should be a cause of fear or dread. We want you to feel completely at ease while undergoing your routine dental cleanings, in order that these are simply timely maintenance checks, ensuring your teeth and gums are intact, and supporting your oral health as a whole.
Cleaning at home, and flossing, plays a vital role in our overall dental health, though there are some accumulations of plaque that develop into hardened tartar and calculus, which everyday cleaning cannot remove.
This build-up around the teeth and under the gum line is almost invisible to the naked, untrained eye, but over time, can cause serious problems for teeth and gums; potentially leading to decay, infection, and even tooth loss.
Failure to eliminate build-up created by debris, missed by everyday brushing, can start as redness, sensitivity, and bleeding, developing into loose and painful teeth. Diseases of the gum, left untreated, can quickly escalate into more serious, painful, and costly conditions to treat.
If you have dental insurance, a twice yearly cleaning will most likely be included in your plan. For patients paying out-of-pocket, the cost will usually be in the region of $99-200. We charge $99.00. It’s worth bearing in mind that a tooth cleaning is a preventative procedure, and an investment in the health of your teeth and mouth in their entirety.
Having minor issues resolved before they have the chance to develop into a more serious problem, gives patients a sense of confidence, and the knowledge that there are unlikely to be surprises in store in terms of a tooth pain flaring up out of nowhere.
Patients without insurance are recommended to schedule a tooth cleaning and overall dental check up. This will determine if there are areas for concern, and what plan the patient should put in place to address any imminent problems.
Don’t let a lack of insurance leave you at risk. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get your dental care back on track.