maintain a healthy smile with routine dental cleaning

It is a great feeling knowing your teeth are at their healthiest. When your smile not only looks beautiful, but is healthy too, then you truly gain a great sense of wellbeing. A great smile can make a great first impression. The best way to care for your smile is to schedule a routine cleaning regularly with a dentist you trust. At Balota Dentistry, we make sure that when you visit us for your Routine Dental Cleaning, your teeth are getting the most out of the time you spend with us.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a SMILE, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

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Why are dental cleaning so important?

Dental cleanings can remove plaque build up in areas that brushing and flossing just don’t adequately cover. They are also very important for checking the teeth for cavities, chips, cracks, and infections that may go unnoticed by a patient. The key to good dental health is prevention, and dental cleanings are a great way to prevent many issues from developing down the line. Dental cleanings ensure the long term health and proper care for your mouth. Without dental cleanings, issues may come up that will get progressively worse overtime without treatment.

How to maintain good dental health

One of the most important ways to maintain good dental health is to routinely brush and floss twice daily. Another key factor is avoiding foods that may cause cavities and plaque build up. This includes high acidity foods and foods with lots of sugar. Avoiding smoking and tobacco products is another way to maintain your dental health. Brushing and flossing should be done within 20 minutes of eating or drinking. Make sure, when brushing, to brush all surface areas of each tooth. Spend time on brushing, and make sure to brush for at least two minutes, being sure to brush over the gums and tongue as well. Brushing in a circular motion is a great way to remove food and tartar build up. Rinsing with mouthwash is a good way to reduce plaque as well.

Flossing is very effective at removing food stuck in between teeth and preventing cavities. However, not everyone flosses correctly. Ask your dentist to show you the best way to floss, to make sure that you are performing the task in the most effective way possible.

teeth cleaning & Dental exam

Receiving a professional teeth cleaning here at Balota Family Dentistry means that one of our certified dental hygienists will remove plaque, tartar, and any stains that have formed on the teeth. If you aren’t brushing or flossing well enough, the plaque that accumulates on your teeth will eventually harden into tartar. This tartar can only be removed by a professional and if it isn’t removed, can eventually cause decay, dental cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
The American Dental Association recommends that you receive a dental cleaning and exam every 6 months in order to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. In addition to professional cleanings, it’s also important to maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine.

What to expect during a teeth cleaning

A routine dental cleaning usually only takes about a half an hour, maybe even less. Below is what you can expect from a teeth cleaning here at Balota Family Dentistry:

  • First, your mouth and teeth will be examined for any obvious problems such as tooth decay, tooth infections, swollen, red, or bleeding gums, open sores, or any other potential issues.
  • Plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth. If you have a particularly bad case of tartar or gum disease, a process called scaling and root planing will be performed. This is just a thorough cleaning of the teeth and removal of any and all bacteria hiding between teeth or under the gum tissue. The methods used will depend largely on the severity of the plaque and tartar.
  • Once your mouth has been thoroughly cleaned, Dr. Nora Balota will conduct an examination of your mouth and teeth. Additionally, you will also receive an oral cancer screening. This is the time when you’ll be able to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your dental health.

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