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Dental cleanings are also known as oral prophylaxis. They are part of a preventive dental care routine that involves professionally cleaning teeth and gums by a dentist or dental hygienist. 

When should I get a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings aren’t just cosmetic—they’re important for your health. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular dental cleanings as an essential part of preventative care.

Dental cleanings should be performed every six months. Not only does this keep your teeth healthy, but it also improves your chances of avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.

During your dental cleaning, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. They’ll also perform a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth. Ideally, you’ll visit your dentist every six months, but sometimes you may need more frequent cleanings. For example, if you have gum disease or you’re preparing for braces, you’ll need to visit the dentist more often.

What should I expect during a dental cleaning?

During your dental cleaning, your dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth for signs of decay or gum disease
  • Remove plaque and tartar buildup
  • Take X-rays of your teeth and jaw
  • Apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth
  • Discuss your oral hygiene routine
  • Give you tips for improving your dental health

Maintaining a regular dental cleaning schedule is important for keeping your teeth free from plaque and tartar buildup, as well as keeping your gums healthy.

Benefits of dental cleanings

  • Prevents Gum Disease

Regularly cleaning your teeth prevents plaque from building up and hardening on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums. When the bacteria are removed, your gums are healthier and less likely to become infected.

  • Prevents Bad Breath

When food particles build up on your teeth, they produce a foul odor. Even if you brush and floss every day, it can be difficult to get all the food particles and bacteria out of your mouth. A combination of daily brushing and flossing and professional dental cleanings every six months can prevent bad breath caused by food particles and bacteria.

  • Improves Your Oral Health

Poor oral health can have a negative effect on your entire body’s health. Bacteria from your mouth can enter your bloodstream and cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, reducing the risk of serious health problems.

  • Keeping Teeth Whiter

Teeth whitening can keep the teeth looking white and youthful. Professional teeth whitening uses safe, effective whitening agents that eliminate dental stains and whitens teeth. 

  • Cosmetic Benefits

The cosmetic benefits of dental cleanings are numerous. If your smile is discolored or stained, cleanings will brighten your smile. 

  • Regular Cleanings Saves You Time & Money

Your regular dental cleanings save you time by preventing the need for complicated dental work. Professional dental cleanings also save you money because treatment costs are generally higher if the teeth and gums are not kept clean.

  • Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. These deposits contain bacteria, which can contribute to gum disease. Gum disease can, in turn, contribute to heart disease. Fortunately, cleanings can help reduce the risk of both gum disease and heart disease.

Contact Elan Dentistry for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (714) 364-8181 or visit us at 1030 West Imperial Hwy, La Habra 90631.

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