What Is Involved in a Dental Cleaning?
Your family’s dental cleanings in our Gretna, LA dental office are customized to meet each individual’s needs. In order to determine what type of dental cleaning you will need, an exam with Dr. Russell Schafer, including a check of the gums, will determine if excessive amounts of tartar or periodontal disease are present. We want to be sure to schedule enough time to give you a complete dental cleaning that meets your needs.
Here are a few factors that play a role in your next dental cleaning appointment.
Good Home Dental Care Counts
Skipping flossing your teeth until the day of your dental appointment will do little to promote a healthy smile. Following the American Dental Association’s recommendation of brushing your teeth twice every day and flossing in between your teeth at least once each day is the best way to keep your smile healthy between dental visits.
If you take excellent care of your teeth at home, you should require a prophylaxis, or a simple scale and polish, to remove the tartar that collects in places your toothbrush cannot reach. A regular adult dental cleaning takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Missing a Few Dental Appointments
If you have missed a few dental appointments, or having sporadic home hygiene habits, can result in the need for a mid-level cleaning. Our mid-level dental cleaning, also called full-mouth debridement, means that we will need a little extra time to remove tartar that has built up.
Removing tartar is essential to keeping your gums healthy and for Dr. Schafer to give you a comprehensive exam. Our catch-up dental cleaning takes about an hour, and we may use an ultrasonic scaler for improved comfort and to give you a complete cleaning in a single dental visit.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
For patients who have gum disease or are managing periodontal disease, we offer both deep dental cleanings and the necessary follow-up visits to help your gums heal.
Deep dental cleanings are necessary when pockets develop between the teeth and gums, where bacteria are most likely to cause infection. We often use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
Periodontal maintenance dental cleaning appointments occur 3-4 times per year and will help keep gum disease under control.
To learn more about the types of dental cleanings we provide in our Gretna, LA dentist office, give NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry a call!