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Comfortable Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings help maintain your overall oral health. When you make preventive care part of your routine, you can put a stop to dental issues before they start.

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

According to the American Dental Association, patients should have a minimum of one dental cleaning per year. Most dentists recommend getting a cleaning every six months, although some patients may need more frequent cleanings. The primary purpose of a dental cleaning is to prevent cavities, but this simple process offers many other preventive care benefits, including the following:

  • Gum disease prevention: When oral care is neglected, patients may develop gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), which can lead to periodontitis (gum disease). These conditions damage the gums and can cause tooth loss.
  • Decreased risk of a stroke or heart attack: Evidence from clinical studies suggests that patients who suffer from periodontitis have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • A refresh for your smile: Regular cleanings will help keep your breath fresh, reduce tartar buildup, and remove stains from common culprits like coffee or tobacco.

What to Expect at a Dental Cleaning

First, your dental hygienist will perform a basic physical exam of your teeth and gums. Then, they will use dental tools to remove plaque, tartar, and stains. After that, they will use a medical-grade toothpaste to polish your teeth, followed by a final floss and rinse. For pediatric patients, a fluoride treatment may be applied as well. A dentist will then assess your teeth after the cleaning, talk to you about any concerns, and let you know when to come back for dental treatment or another routine cleaning.

At Hanson Dentistry, our team is dedicated to providing each patient with quality care in a comfortable, friendly setting. In addition to dental cleanings, we also perform cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and more. To schedule an appointment, call us at 816-373-5606 or contact us online.