One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain optimal oral health is to get regular cleanings. Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS, offers routine dental cleanings at her north Orange County, California, clinic. She even offers convenient appointment times to accommodate busy schedules. Call to schedule a cleaning or use the REQUEST APPOINTMENT link below.
Teeth Cleaning Q & A
What happens during teeth cleanings?
Before your appointment, the front desk staff has you fill out a report about your medical history. They need to know about any health conditions or medications that may affect your dental health.
Next, your hygienist leads you back to the exam room and performs a general assessment of your gums and teeth. Occasionally, your hygienist takes X-rays.
The next part of the routine cleaning involves scaling and polishing.
Plaque and tartar naturally accumulate from eating in between appointments. Scaling is the process of removing that debris. Your hygienist removes the plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces by using electric or manual scaling devices.
The final step in a teeth cleaning is polishing. Your hygienist uses professional-grade instruments to clean and polish your teeth. She removes stains and residue, leaving your teeth are clean and shiny.
Why are dental cleanings important?
The purpose of routine dental cleanings is to prevent plaque buildup. Plaque damages your gums and causes tooth decay when untreated. Gum disease and tooth decay lead to tooth loss and other health issues.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
You should schedule cleanings every six months. Pregnant women and those with periodontal disease may require more frequent appointments to maintain optimum oral health.
What should I do in between appointments?
To help prevent plaque and tartar buildup in between appointments, remember to brush twice a day and floss once. If there’s no fluoride in your drinking water, Dr. Alexandroni may suggest a fluoride toothpaste or rinse.
For the best oral health, adhere to the following tips:
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or when it looks frayed.
- Remember to brush your teeth for two minutes and from every angle.
- Limit your consumption of between-meal snacks as well as sugary food and drinks.
To schedule a routine cleaning with Dr. Alexandroni, call or click the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button.