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Maintaining strong teeth and gums is vital for your long-term health, helping you avoid problems that can affect how you eat, smile and speak. At Reliant Dental Group in Roxbury, Massachusetts, you can receive convenient, comprehensive teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Call or book an appointment online today to ensure you have great oral health.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Why are teeth cleanings important?

The American Dental Association states that everyone should have a professional teeth cleaning according to their dentist’s recommendations, every six months. However, you may need teeth cleanings more often if you have diabetes or if you smoke or use tobacco.

Regular teeth cleanings are vital for your oral health. They help with the following:

  • Avoiding gum disease
  • Prevent cavities, infections and other conditions that lead to tooth loss
  • Maintain a bright, white healthy smile

Regular teeth cleanings can actually lower your risk of developing heart problems since gum disease is linked to cardiovascular disease. They can even save you money by catching dental conditions early and helping you avoid more expensive, invasive treatment.

What happens during a teeth cleaning appointment?

A trained dental hygienist will clean your teeth. First, they will examine your teeth and gums with a small mirror to check for any problems. They may also take X-rays of your teeth to reveal cavities or other problems in your teeth and jaw.

Next, they will use a metal tool to scrape off plaque and tartar. These substances build up naturally, but once the plaque hardens to tartar, you can’t get it off with a normal toothbrush.

Once the tartar is scraped away, they’ll brush your teeth with a rotating brush and a gritty feeling toothpaste. This toothpaste cleans and polishes your teeth to get rid of any remaining buildup.

Next, they’ll floss your teeth. If you bleed a lot during this part of the cleaning, it means you need to floss more at home.

Finally, they’ll rinse your teeth and apply fluoride. Fluoride is an important substance that helps keep your teeth strong and protected from cavities. Your dental hygienist may paint fluoride on with a small brush or apply fluoride as a foam in a mouthpiece.

How can I keep my teeth clean between appointments?

Maintaining good oral health between appointments can make your dentist appointments faster and less uncomfortable. You should:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice per day
  • Floss your teeth every day to keep gums healthy
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates like sugar and white flour, which can help bacteria grow around your teeth and gums

For more advice, talk to your dental hygienist or Dr. Perdomo at your teeth cleaning appointment. Call or schedule an appointment online to improve your dental health.