Even with daily brushing and flossing at home, plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth over time. At Bella Vita Dentistry in Trophy Club, general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Joshua Foreman recommends patients of all ages come in at least twice a year for a professional preventative cleaning. Using special dental equipment, Dr. Foreman is able to reach all areas of the mouth and ensure that build up is carefully removed without harming the enamel. In addition to cleaning the teeth, Dr. Foreman polishes the teeth to strengthen the enamel, remove stains, and brighten the teeth. For patients who avoid even preventative cleanings from fears and anxieties, Dr. Foreman offers sedation options so there’s no reason to skip dental cleanings and exams for a healthy mouth.
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A preventative cleaning is usually done after a dental exam, which checks for any signs of decay, cavities, or other dental problems. During the preventative cleaning, the hygienist removes any tartar or plaque buildup from the teeth with professional instruments. Then, the teeth are cleaned and polished the teeth to remove stains and brighten the enamel. A preventative cleaning is usually performed without anesthesia, but patients with concerns like a strong gag reflex or anxieties, may talk to their dentist about adding a form of sedation.
Most patients should schedule a dental cleaning twice a year or about every 6 months. However, patients with excessive tartar and plaque buildup should talk to their dentist about more frequent cleanings.
Some patients who are at higher risk for tooth decay may receive fluoride treatments as part of their dental cleaning. Fluoride treatments are a quick preventative measure that can help patients, especially young children, avoid future cavities.
Special Care After Cleanings?
After a preventative cleaning, dentists recommended that patients abstain from eating or drinking for up to an hour. Following this, there are no special instructions, but patients should follow a healthy dental regimen of daily brushing and flossing combined with regular dental exams and cleanings at the dentist.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
Clean and Healthy
Preventative cleanings will help to prevent damage to the teeth and keep your smile beautiful. At Bella Vita Dentistry in Trophy Club, Dr. Joshua Foreman helps his patients improve the health and look of their smile by educating patients on their best oral hygiene practices and how to prevent further damage.