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What is a Dental Cleaning?

At least twice a year (about every 6 months) patients at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco, TX should schedule a professional dental cleaning and polishing with general dentist, Dr. Camelia Cooper. While Dr. Cooper is sure that all of her patients follow a good oral home care routine, including brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing, it is best to have tartar build up removed professionally to prevent infection, cavities, and other dental concerns. Having the teeth cleaned and polished at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft ensures that the patient's teeth are thoroughly and professionally cleaned with advanced dental tools, which will help the patient have their brightest, whitest, healthiest smile.

Why Is Getting Regular Dental Cleanings So Important?

Everyone knows (or should know) that regular dental cleanings are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. But why exactly are dental cleanings so important? For two reasons: plaque and tartar buildup and the inevitable dental problems.

Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar, that hard, sticky buildup on your teeth accumulates over time. While brushing and flossing alone can't remove it, during a dental cleaning, Dr. Cooper will use special tools that can easily remove this stubborn buildup.

Though you may be genetically predisposed to having healthy teeth, over time, the enamel of the teeth wears away, making cavities almost inevitable. Along with tooth decay, almost all people have some level of gum disease. During a regular dental cleaning, Dr. Cooper will check the health of your teeth and gums to identify any issues that need to be addressed before they become serious problems.

Remember, twice a year — every six months — regular dental cleaning is necessary to ensure your smile stays healthy and bright, so don't forget to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cooper and her expert team at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco, TX.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Cleanings?

At Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco, TX, we believe regular dental cleanings are a vital and efficient means of maintaining optimal dental health and achieving a radiant smile. Typically recommended twice a year, these cleanings complement your at-home oral care routine of brushing and flossing. By choosing dental cleanings at our practice, you can enjoy a plethora of advantages, which include:

  • Cavity and periodontal disease prevention
  • A brighter, whiter smile
  • Early detection of any oral health issues
  • Removing plaque buildup with specialty tools
  • Eliminating bacteria from the gums
  • Customized oral health and at-home care advice

Who Should Get A Dental Cleaning?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends people schedule a professional cleaning two times per year. Infants should have their first visit to the dentist before their first birthday and after that, Dr. Cooper will help you determine when your child is old enough for their next appointment. A cleaning can prevent cavities since built-up plaque, the main cause of tooth decay, is removed. A cleaning will also address stains and tartar from your teeth. If you’d like to brighten your smile, freshen your breath, improve your overall health, and avoid spending money on more expensive treatments, schedule a cleaning for yourself and every member of your family at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft.

What to Expect during a dental cleaning

Dental cleanings usually start with an examination of the patient’s teeth. During the examination, Dr. Cooper will look for any signs of damage, cavities, or decay. Next, plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth will be removed, which can be challenging to get rid of on your own with just daily brushing and flossing. Special tools are used to carefully scale buildup without harming the tooth. A device with ultrasonic technology will be used to break up the large areas of tartar and plaque with a lubricating mist and high-speed vibrations. Then, handheld tools such as a curette or scaler will be used to remove smaller pieces. Each tooth will be treated individually to get all the tartar and plaque. Once the teeth are clean, your enamel will be carefully polished to remove stains. If needed or requested, a fluoride treatment can be done after the cleaning. Patients will have the opportunity to discuss the health status of their teeth with Dr. Cooper as well as discuss her home dental health suggestions.

What happens after a dental cleaning?

To keep their teeth looking and feeling as clean as they do after a professional dental cleaning and polishing, Dr. Cooper and her staff will go over recommendations for the patient's home care routine for optimal oral hygiene. If needed, Dr. Cooper will talk to the patient about specific mouthwashes or toothpastes and when the patient should return for their next cleaning. Dr. Cooper encourages her patients to ask questions about their home care to help them keep their teeth healthy and pain free.

Dental Cleaning FAQ

How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Based on recommendations from the American Dental Association, patients of all ages should schedule a routine dental cleaning twice a year. If you have a history of periodontal disease or other oral conditions, you may need a cleaning more often. Our expert dentist can provide detailed information.

What should I do at home to keep my teeth clean?
For the best oral health care routine, patients should brush once in the morning and before bed. If possible, it's best to brush after every meal. You should also floss every day and use mouthwash. Depending on your dental appliances or gum disease, we can show you the proper techniques and products for all your exact needs.

Are dental cleanings painful?
Dental cleanings should not feel painful. Throughout your cleaning, you will feel some pressure and vibrations from the tools. If you do experience any discomfort, please let us know as soon as possible. Additionally, patients who suffer from dental anxiety may also benefit from nitrous oxide (laughing gas).

Can I eat right after a dental cleaning?
Yes, you can eat after a dental cleaning. However, if you've received a fluoride treatment at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft, you might be asked to wait at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking to allow the treatment to absorb fully.

Are dental cleanings necessary if I brush and floss as recommended?
Yes, even with diligent brushing and flossing, it's still important to have regular dental cleanings at our Frisco, TX office. Dr. Cooper and her hygienists have the tools and skills to remove hardened plaque (tartar) and to reach areas that are difficult to clean thoroughly with a regular toothbrush and floss.

Do dental cleanings always prevent cavities?
Regular dental cleanings can help prevent cavities by removing plaque and tartar, the primary causes of cavities. However, cleanings must be combined with good oral hygiene habits at home, including regular brushing and flossing and a balanced diet to prevent cavities effectively.

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Schedule your dental cleaning at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco today! Dr. Cooper’s top priority is ensuring that each patient has a healthy smile they can be proud of and can show off. Call our front office to schedule your dental cleaning. We look forward to seeing you at Sweet Tooth soon!

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