If you have avoided dental cleanings recently, you probably wonder how your next dental appointment will go. What most people don’t realize is that dental cleanings are not a one-size-fits-all treatment. For patients who see the dentist regularly, your appointment will be very different than dental cleanings for patients who have missed a few, or more than a few, dental appointments.
Your Dental Cleaning
When coming in for a dental cleaning at our Somerset dental office, we will first perform an evaluation of your teeth and gums to determine the current level of your oral health. Your oral health can change throughout your lifetime and be affected by medications you take, your diet, and even a pregnancy. Your teeth and gums are part of your overall health and so determining your needs is an important part of your oral health care.
Next, we will determine the type of dental cleaning you need. For some patients with a good oral health history and very little dentistry, that may mean a regular dental cleaning that includes removing any tartar, calculus, and debris from the surfaces of your teeth and then finishing with a dental polish.
For patients who have advanced periodontal disease, we offer thorough, gentle dental cleanings designed to restore your health.
If you have a tendency to build heavy amounts of plaque, we have still another type of dental cleaning that will help you stay healthy.
Dental Cleaning Follow-Up Care
How often you have dental cleanings in our Somerset dental office will depend on your health and the level of home care you have. If you stay on top of brushing, flossing, and taking care of your teeth and gums, every six months might be enough to keep you healthy.
For patients with medical challenges or poor home care habits, we may recommend more frequent dental cleanings.
If you are looking for a gentle, thorough dental cleaning in Somerset, give us a call! We will be happy to discuss the type of preventive treatment that will work best for you.