Regular dental cleanings usually follow a comprehensive oral exam. Once the exam has been completed, unless we have diagnosed gum disease, our hygienist will perform a regular cleaning.
The easiest and best possible way to avoid dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, dental pain and other emergencies is to simply prevent them in the first place. A great at-home oral hygiene routine, plus visits to see Burch Dental for regular check-ups and dental cleanings every 6 months is an unbeatable combination in prevention. A routine dental cleaning is known as prophylaxis, a term applied to preventative care measures. During a regular teeth cleaning, our dental hygienist scales and polishes your teeth to remove all visible tartar built up above the gum line.
The team at Burch Dental has a simple goal. That is to ensure your trust through our commitment to quality treatment and your continued satisfaction. It is our daily agenda to maintain a caring environment that is respectful and comfortable for everyone. Our team members are united in our efforts to promote oral health by means of prevention, enhancement, wellness, and rejuvenation. Call or visit one of our convenient locations today to schedule your appointment for an evaluation regarding a good preventative dental cleaning.
What are Regular Dental Cleanings?
Regular dental cleanings usually follow a comprehensive oral exam. Once the exam has been completed, unless we have diagnosed gum disease, our hygienist will perform a regular cleaning. If you have gum disease, we will recommend a deep cleaning to treat the issue and then allow your mouth to heal.
During the first part of your regular cleaning, we will use a scaler to remove debris, calculus, and plaque from between your teeth and around your gum line. When this step of the cleaning is finished, a hygienist or dental assistant will then polish each tooth one by one using a special paste. We will also floss your teeth using dental floss and may make recommendations about proper flossing technique.
Exams and Dental Cleaning for Your Child
Our team works with patients of all ages and knows how to help children feel comfortable while visiting the dentist. Burch Dental recommends that teeth cleanings and exams start from a young age. This is important for ensuring that the baby teeth grow in properly and stay healthy until the adult teeth are ready to erupt. You may not realize how important healthy baby teeth are. Children can get cavities and gum disease just like adults do. The difference being that children are far less capable of understanding the discomfort. We recommend that you bring in your child for dental cleanings and examinations at least twice a year. By doing so we can remain preventative in removing any harmful plaque and bacteria.
While cleaning children’s teeth, our team will be sure to practice gentle dentistry. By building a rapport with your youngster, they will feel more relaxed during their dental appointments resulting in the exams becoming fun instead of intimidating. We also recommend that you take the time to read stories about going to the dentist and play games by teaching children how to examine their toy’s teeth. These little steps can help children to feel comfortable when getting their own teeth cleaned.
Regular Preventative Cleaning for Adults
Burch Dental recommends that adults receive teeth cleanings at least twice a year. Good oral health is important regardless of your age. As you age, your risk for an oral infection continues to increase. The older your teeth get, the more the protective enamel wears away, and it will become easier to get a cavity. The best way to combat this is by consistently brushing and flossing twice a day in addition to visiting us on a regular basis. We offer flexible appointment times so that you can schedule an appointment around your work or family schedule.
Regularly scheduled dental cleaning and examinations can help to prevent a dental emergency. Many adults go far too long between visits to the dentist. Each year that goes by, infections can develop that create a painful situation and lead to a dental emergency. A minor cavity can be corrected with minimal discomfort. However, if the infection spreads a root canal will become necessary. These types of infections can typically be avoided by scheduling an appointment twice a year with Burch Dental. Healthy teeth are also less likely to become damaged or injured.
Dental Cleaning for Sensitive Teeth
At Burch Dental, we practice gentle dentistry and provide teeth cleanings if you have sensitive teeth. Many adults will avoid visiting the dentist due to the concern that their teeth will hurt or feel worse during the exam or subsequent cleaning. When working with the team at Burch Dental, you can feel comfortable regardless of how sensitive your teeth are. We do offer a variety of sedation methods so that you do not have to feel anything during your dental cleaning. Whether you need something to relax or direct pain medication, we can create a treatment plan that includes sedation so that you can remain comfortable.
It is important to understand the reason that your teeth become sensitive. Often, it is from the enamel on the outside of the teeth wearing away. Enamel will wear away with age, what you eat and improper oral health care. You need to continue visiting Burch Dental to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Otherwise, the sensitivity can increase. During your dental exam, let us know about any discomfort you are feeling so that we can discuss ways to reduce it, such as a fluoride treatment or a dental sealant.