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Teeth Cleanings In Washington DC

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The Backbone of Preventive Dentistry

Teeth cleanings are essential if you want to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar in your mouth and prevent serious issues like cavities and gum disease. Teeth cleanings are often accompanied by oral exams and x-rays which check for the presence of tooth decay, infections, or other oral health issues.

After your teeth cleaning, we will apply a coating of fluoride to your teeth for protection which offers extra protection against cavities for months. Do your teeth a favor by contacting us at Washington Metro Dental for your regular teeth cleaning and checkup to prevent the development of cavities. Contact us today to make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

You should get your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist regularly, about every 6 months. However, people who are prone to dental issues may need to visit their dentist for a professional cleaning as often as every 3 months. Meanwhile, others may be able to manage with cleanings a little later than every 6 months.
 
However, generally speaking, it is advisable to get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year to maintain proper oral health and hygiene. Regular cleanings and oral exams prevent the formation of cavities, tooth decay, and unwanted buildup of plaque and tartar.

Getting your teeth cleaned improves your oral health such as teeth and gum health as well as cosmetic appearance by reducing teeth stains and discoloration.

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The Teeth Cleaning Process

A professional teeth cleaning consists of several steps, including an oral exam, the removal of plaque and tartar, cleaning the teeth with professional-grade toothpaste and high-powered electric brush, professional flossing, and finally, a fluoride treatment.

Oral Exam - Before the cleaning can begin, your dentist will perform an oral exam to check for the presence of tooth decay, inflammation, or any other problems with the teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken if you are experiencing symptoms such as pain or swelling.

Plaque & Tartar Removal - A dental tool called a scaler is used to scrape plaque and tartar from the gum line and between your teeth. The best way to treat plaque and tartar is through prevention. By regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, you're less likely to experience a buildup of plaque and tartar. However, once it is there, the only way to remove it is to have a dentist perform a professional cleaning.

Professional-grade Brushing - This is the professional equivalent of brushing your teeth, except with the use of much higher-grade tools. The dentist will use a high-powered electric tooth and a professional toothpaste brush to clean your teeth. The toothpaste has a gritty consistency which effectively scrubs and polishes the teeth.

Flossing - Most people don't floss enough or at all, so this is a crucial part of the teeth cleaning process. The dentist will use professional tools to floss in between your teeth and you will feel much bigger openings in the spaces between your teeth afterward. If you already regularly floss, this process will remove leftover plaque or toothpaste that was left behind from earlier in the cleaning.

Fluoride Treatment - Before the fluoride treatment is applied, your dentist will have you rinse out your mouth to remove any leftover debris from the cleaning. This rinse will also contain fluoride. Finally, the fluoride gel is spread over your teeth which will protect your teeth from tooth decay.

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What Are The Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleanings?

Regular teeth cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy and contribute to a more attractive appearance of the teeth. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months comes with a lot of benefits, including:

Reduction of plaque and tartar
Reduced risk of gingivitis
Prevention of cavities/tooth decay
Better smelling breath
Whiter teeth
Prevents gum disease
Saves you money on serious dental problems

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