One of the best ways to make sure that your smile stays healthy is to have regular dental cleanings and exams. Jordan Brunson, DDS, Kirsten Jordan, DMD, and the team of dedicated professionals at Palmetto Family Dental provide high-quality dental cleanings in a friendly environment that feels more like a visit with a friend. Schedule your cleaning today by calling one of their offices in Palmetto, Zebulon, or McDonough, Georgia, or booking your appointment online.
Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you still need regular dental cleanings and exams as part of your oral health routine. You might have areas of your smile that you can’t effectively clean by yourself at home, and having a cleaning with one of the highly skilled dental professionals at Palmetto Family Dental can help to ensure your smile stays as healthy as possible.
Dental cleanings are also important because they give your dentist an ongoing opportunity to monitor your oral health with a dental exam. Regular dental exams are a good example of preventive dental care, which strives to optimize your oral health by ensuring that harmful conditions like tooth decay and gum disease never get a chance to develop too extensively.
By practicing good preventive care with regular dental exams, you keep your smile in a constant state of good health.
When you get a dental cleaning at Palmetto Family Dental, your provider begins by using a special tool to remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, tooth-colored substance made up of food debris, saliva, and bacteria. Tartar is plaque that’s hardened and become stuck on your tooth surface. Plaque and tartar cause tooth decay and gum disease if left on your teeth for too long.
After your provider removes any plaque and tartar, they polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste and high-powered electric brush, then give you a professional flossing. They’ll also provide you with a fluoride rinse, if necessary.
Your dental exam consists of a visual inspection of your teeth, where your provider checks your gums for any signs of periodontal disease and looks carefully at each of your teeth to check for signs of cavities. They might conduct an oral cancer screening, occlusion (or bite) analysis, and a head and neck exam. Depending on how long it’s been since your last appointment, you might also have X-rays taken to get a deeper look at your teeth.
For most patients, one cleaning and exam every six months is sufficient to maintain good oral health. But some patients, like those suffering from gum disease, might need more frequent cleanings.
The team of professionals at Palmetto Family Dental can work with you to devise a cleaning schedule that best addresses your unique needs.
Schedule your dental cleaning today by calling the Palmetto Family Dental office nearest you or booking an appointment online.