Dental Cleaning & Exams
Dental Cleaning in Evansville
The American Dental Association recommends people brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
And if you follow those dental cleaning recommendations, you’re among the few who actually do. The ADA says only 40 percent of Americans floss every day, and 20 percent never do.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar will accumulate near the gum line over time. Regular dental cleanings — at least yearly, or every six months — remove plaque and tartar and reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Keeping Teeth and Gums Healthy
What To Expect
Cleaning is part of your annual dental exam, and the procedure is usually painless, although it may cause minor irritation to the gums. Your dental hygienist or dentist will loosen plaque buildup with an ultrasonic tool that vibrates against the teeth and use special tools to gently scrape away plaque and tartar. Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, your hygienist will use a polishing tool to give your teeth a lustrous shine.
Your dental cleaning appointment will be about 30 minutes to an hour long, depending on the degree of plaque and tartar buildup. If it’s been longer than a year since you’ve had professional dental cleaning, or if you have significant plaque accumulation below the gum line, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment for an additional cleaning.
Scaling and Root Planing
When plaque accumulates and causes gum disease, the gums may begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where more plaque can grow. Scaling is a deep-cleaning process that removes plaque from pockets in the gums, and it may require several visits to thoroughly clean those areas.
Patients at this early stage of gum disease may also need root planing, which is the process of cleaning and smoothing the roots of teeth to eliminate rough areas where plaque could accumulate. Because this process is more invasive than standard teeth cleaning, patients usually receive a general anesthetic beforehand.
Time Well Spent
When you have a job, a family and other obligations, making time for a dental exam or cleaning can be a challenge. We know you’re busy, so we work diligently to make sure your appointments start on time.
Dental Associates West is honored to have so many long-term patients, some of whom live two states away and drive more than two hours to reach our office. Find out why our patients keep coming back.
Call us today to schedule your initial exam.