One of the very best steps you can take to protect your teeth and gums is through regular dental cleanings at Daniel Park, DMD, PA. While your everyday care is important, a professional cleaning twice a year ensures that your teeth are not only expertly cleaned, but these visits allow Dr. Park to monitor your oral health. To schedule your dental cleaning at the Crofton, Maryland, office, call or use the online scheduling tool.
Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but if tooth decay and gum disease take hold, you may be faced with losing these teeth rather prematurely. One of the first lines of defense in preventing tooth loss is your regular dental cleaning at Dr. Park’s office.
Even if you take great care of your teeth, plaque and tartar can still build up in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies and lead to tooth decay. In addition, bacteria can get up under your gum line and cause inflammation, which is known as gingivitis. Fortunately, these early stages of tooth decay and gum disease are easily cleared up with a dental cleaning.
When you come in for your dental cleaning, the hygienist begins by thoroughly examining your teeth and checking your gums for signs of disease. Once they see where some of the potential problems may lie, they get to work.
First, your hygienist uses special tools to thoroughly clear away plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline. As a bonus, they tackle any staining that may have formed on your teeth.
Once they’re satisfied that your teeth are free from decay-causing materials, they use a high-powered brush and gritty toothpaste to thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. After the brushing, your hygienist flosses between your teeth.
The final step in your dental cleaning is a fluoride rinse to help protect your enamel.
At this point, Dr. Park checks your teeth, especially if the hygienist has located potential problem areas during the cleaning. If he wants to investigate further, Dr. Park may order X-rays. If nothing of note is found during your dental cleaning, you’re free to go with your newly cleaned and whitened teeth.
In between your twice-yearly dental cleanings, there’s much you can do on your own to maintain your teeth and gums, including:
And if you want to keep your newly cleaned teeth pearly white, you’d do well to avoid food and drinks that stain, or at least rinse after your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of red wine.
To set up your dental cleaning at Daniel Park, DMD, PA, call or use the online scheduler.