Regular visits to the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam are critical to prevent dental problems. You will find that a visit to Harford County Dentistry is unlike any other visit to the dentist.
We provide complete, routine exams and dental cleanings. They will address the signs of tooth decay and cavities, gum disease, tooth wear, oral cancer, and occlusal (bite) instability.
Dr. Comeau and the American Dental Administration recommend bi-annual visits to the dentist (every six months). Some patients, however, may benefit from more frequent visits to ensure optimal dental health. Our family dentist office offers the convenience of comprehensive dental care for the entire family.
What to Expect: Teeth Cleaning
During your teeth cleaning, one of our registered dental hygienist will use special tools to clean your teeth. Using a tool called a scaler and a small mirror, they will scrap away built up plaque and tarter along the gum line and in between your teeth.
This is typically not painful but you may experience minor discomfort. You will hear some scraping if they need to apply more than usual pressure in certain spots. The more build up you have, the more they will need to scrape away.
Once your teeth are plaque and tarter free, your hygienist will use a high powered electric toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly clean your teeth. The purpose of this gritty toothpaste is to deep clean your teeth and to get rid of any remaining tartar.
It is safe to have this done every six months. Last, they will floss your teeth and rinse all the debris out of your mouth.
The Importance of Routine Teeth Cleanings
Routine teeth cleanings and dental exams allow us to find problems in the earliest stages. This way we can offer the most conservative treatment options. Preventative dental care and early diagnosis can help to prevent the development of advanced dental concerns such as gum disease, tooth loss, and gum recession.
Routine dental care is also an important aspect of post restorative dental treatment care. The dentist can look at your dental restorations to make sure they look and function their best.
Dental implants, crowns, and other restorations can not develop tooth decay. However, they do depend on the surrounding teeth and tissue to be healthy and functional for long term success.
Dr. Comeau spends one on one time with each patient to discuss their goals and concerns. She will explain treatment options so that you can make the best decisions for your long term dental health and happiness.
Dental Insurance And Payment Options
To make your family dentist visit as easy and stress free as possible, we offer a number of financial services. We accept most major dental insurance and will submit claims on your behalf. We also accept cash, check and credit cards, as well as offer, interest-free financing options through CareCredit.
Teeth Cleanings FAQs
Are regular teeth cleanings necessary?
Yes. Teeth cleanings are a necessary part of your routine dental care. Getting your teeth cleaned every 6 months will greatly reduce the risk of developing cavities, plaque buildup, and tartar damage. Only a dentist can remove stubborn buildup.
Does removing tartar hurt?
This depends on the amount of tartar you have that needs to be removed. The average person will not feel pain from this. For others, removing tartar can be painful if there is a large amount, if the gums are inflamed, or your teeth and gums are tender. This is why it’s important to regularly get your teeth cleaned at the dentist.
Can deep cleanings cure bad breath?
Yes. Most bad breath issues are from a rapid increase of bacteria in your mouth. Patients with gingivitis, periodontal disease, or infected gums are harboring millions of bacteria in their deep gum pockets. When we do deep cleanings, we reduce the bacterial count in the mouth, effectively solving the problem of bad breath.
What not to do after teeth cleaning?
After a dental cleaning patients should refrain from eating or drinking anything that is highly acidic. This includes citrus fruits, tomatoes, red wine, coffee, and juices. Spicy foods may also be uncomfortable to eat after a dental cleaning.
Can dental cleaning damage teeth?
If done correctly by a professional a dental cleaning does not damage teeth. The only time when teeth may become damaged from cleaning is when patients try to clean them at home or by someone who is not a professional.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Looking for a dentist that offers dental cleanings in Bel Air, MD? Dr. Comeau is currently accepting new patients! Contact our office or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting the oral health and cosmetic needs.