What happens during a teeth cleaning?

Dentist exam of young teen girl teeth.

When you make an appointment for your twice yearly dental cleaning, you are actually getting much more than just a thorough cleaning of your teeth. Here is some more information on what goes on during those cleaning appointments, and why they are so important for your oral health!

Cleanings + so much more

It is important to have a professional cleaning at least twice a year. These cleanings ensure that any plaque is removed from your teeth before it has a chance to form tartar, which can cause gum disease. Once tartar forms it is next to impossible to remove it yourself – the staff at your dentist’s office have the tools and the know-how to remove it before it can cause problems. After your cleaning you’ll also get a nice tooth polishing, to make sure any remaining plaque is taken care of and to give your teeth a nice cleaned and polished look.

But these appointments are important for other reasons. Your dentist will also have x-rays taken of your mouth, to make sure that there are no hidden problems. X-rays can detect any problems beneath the gums and can check for any bone loss, tumors, or cysts. Your gums will be checked to make sure there are no signs of gum disease. Your dentist will look for any signs of oral cancer on the neck, gums, throat, lips, and tongue. Any prosthetics you have, such as veneers, crowns, and fillings, will be checked to make sure they are in good shape. And, of course, your teeth will be checked for any signs of decay.

Your twice annual cleanings are also a great time to ask your dentist any questions you have about caring for your teeth and gums and to bring up any issues that are bothering you. As you can see, your cleaning appointments are important for many reasons besides just having clean teeth! If it is time for a good, thorough tooth cleaning, or if you are having any tooth pain, give Dr. Samuel Jirik’s office in Cabot, Arkansas, a call. Call (501) 843-9561 for an appointment today!

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