If you break out the toothbrush and toothpaste at least twice a day, make time for flossing and give your teeth a good rinse after eating or drinking, you are doing great things for your dental health. For your best smile, however, you need to add in regular dental cleanings, which ensure your teeth are strong and clean.
Your dentist, Dr. G. Michael Ogden in Columbia, MO, recommends dental cleanings for all members of the family, and he is ready to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
Why do I need a professional dental cleaning?
Brushing and flossing consistently and thoroughly are key to preventing cavities and buildup of plaque. However, even with great at-home oral care, tartar can creep up between your teeth, especially in the hard to reach back teeth. And if the tartar isn't removed, it can lead to bacteria, tooth decay, and gum disease. Fortunately, your dentist has specialized tools that can scrape away stubborn plaque and other debris in the crevices and along the gums of your teeth.
A dental cleaning also gives your dentist a chance to look for and treat any cavities that may have formed, as well as locate chips, cracks, or other dental damage for proper repair.
How is a dental cleaning performed?
At our Columbia office, your dentist or dental hygienist will start with a set of manual instruments, gently removing plaque or other deposits on your teeth. This will prepare your teeth for a cleaning and polishing. During the deep cleaning process, a buffing tool will remove any surface film using vibrations. The polishing step involves a grainy gel and rotating brush, which removes any stains or lingering buildup. After your mouth is rinsed, your teeth will feel clean and look bright
Make sure to add dental cleanings at our Columbia office to your oral hygiene routine. Call us today at 573-449-7483 to schedule an appointment with Dr. G. Michael Ogden.