About Dental Prophylaxis
Even if you keep up with an excellent oral hygiene routine at home, it's still essential to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice each year. Our skilled dental hygienists perform gentle yet thorough dental cleanings (prophylaxis) to remove tartar and plaque accumulation on the teeth and polish the enamel for a brighter, healthier smile. During your appointment at Plymouth Dental Group, our team will also offer tips on maintaining your oral hygiene between visits and discover any areas that need more attention. A professional cleaning will also give Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber a chance to examine your mouth and identify any areas that may need care. Schedule a visit for your family's dental cleanings with a dental practice dedicated to serving the smiles of Plymouth and Kingston, MA patients.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
The importance of good oral hygiene reaches well beyond the appearance of your smile. Preventing oral diseases, such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, can help preserve the integrity of your teeth, gums, and jawbone over the course of your lifetime. These conditions can lead to discomfort, tooth loss, extensive treatment needs, and even impact systemic wellness. Establishing healthy oral hygiene habits like brushing at least twice each day, flossing daily, and attending preventive dentistry visits can help minimize your family's risk of dental problems and preserve the long-term health of your smiles.
Candidates for Dental Cleanings
The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that patients receive professional dental cleanings at least two times per year. Dr. Scheiber recommends that children take their first trip to the dentist before age one, and he can help parents determine when the next visit should be scheduled. Routine dental prophylaxis may reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, as these preventive dentistry services remove plaque and tartar deposits that harbor disease-causing bacteria. Dental cleanings minimize surface stains caused by tea, coffee, and other products and can help freshen your breath, brighten your smile, and improve your overall health.
What To Expect During Your Visit
At Plymouth Dental Group, our hygiene team takes special care to ensure your comfort throughout the appointment. We will begin by removing the tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Then, we'll work our way around your mouth to thoroughly treat each tooth. While plaque is a sticky substance that can be removed with your toothbrush and floss, tartar (calcified plaque) will need to be eliminated by a dental professional. Advanced equipment is used to carefully scale buildup without affecting the enamel. First, an ultrasonic device loosens bigger areas of tartar and plaque with a lubricating mist and high-speed vibrations. We'll then use handheld instruments to eliminate any remaining buildup. Once your teeth have been cleaned, we will polish your enamel to reduce the appearance of surface stains. If needed or requested, a fluoride treatment may be completed following your cleaning.
After Your Dental Cleaning
In most cases, a dental exam will also be performed during your prophylaxis visit. Routine prophylaxis and exam visits are generally suggested for patients on a biannual basis. Dr. Scheiber may recommend dental cleanings more frequently for some patients, including those who have been treated for gum disease or who may have difficulty maintaining oral hygiene. During your visit, our team can help you establish a good home-care routine by demonstrating brushing and flossing techniques to help maximize your oral hygiene efforts at home. Keeping up with routine dental cleanings can help every member of your family enjoy the lasting benefits of a healthy, happy smile.
Insurance Coverage for Cleanings
Dental cleaning is a preventive dentistry treatment that is typically covered by insurance twice each year. Our knowledgeable financial coordinator can review your insurance plan and submit your claims on your behalf. If you do not have dental insurance or have personal costs for your care, please talk with our friendly team to learn about the flexible financing options available at Plymouth Dental Group.
Enjoy a Bright, Healthy Smile
Keep your family's smiles happy and healthy with professional dental cleanings at Plymouth Dental Group. Routine prophylaxis visits can help boost your oral health and wellness by removing tartar and plaque buildup, thereby reducing your risk of oral disease. To schedule your family's preventive care visits, contact our Plymouth, MA practice today!