Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta
Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Decatur, GA
Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial, which is why insurance plans almost always cover them. Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep your gums healthy. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Quickly schedule your regular cleaning by booking an appointment online or calling Brett Langston, DMD, at Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, today.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
First, there's a comprehensive exam. A Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta professional begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any obvious decay or gum issues. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.
The actual dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays. The hygienist uses a small metal tool with pointed ends to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. Along with the option for an ultrasonic scaling instrument which sprays water and vibrates to disinfect the gums. This step is vital to returning your mouth to a healthy state, depending on how much build-up you have will determine the amount of time needed
Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scaled, the hygienist or dentist brushes and polishes your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste.
The brushing is followed by a professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth between office visits.
How often should I go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning?
Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people might be able to go with the standard advice of every six months, while other people with specific issues may need more frequent cleanings.
The American Dental Association recommends discussing your personal dental cleaning needs with your dentist.
Whether you need a quick dental cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to Dr. Langston and the professionals at Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.
Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to his or her health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.
Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?
Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good health. That's why Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta also offers X-rays and cancer screenings.
The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.
Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.
If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, call Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta or schedule your appointment online.