Your team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County is devoted to providing diagnoses, treatments, and advice to help preserve your oral health and teeth. One often neglected service that we provide is dental cleanings. Although some patients consider this to be a rather boring part of dentistry, we consider it to be absolutely essential.
The bacteria in our mouths can form a sticky biofilm adhering to the surface of our teeth. Known as plaque, this material can eat away at the surface of the teeth, causing a cavity. A cavity can lead to a serious infection or abscess that leads to the loss of a tooth. Dental cleanings help to avoid this situation by removing plaque and tartar that can harm your teeth or cause gum disease.
Regular dental cleanings are a basic building block of proper oral hygiene. In addition to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, routine dental cleanings give us a chance to see what is going on with your mouth and teeth so that any issues can be detected and treated early before they require complicated, expensive treatment.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County, we recommend that you schedule a dental cleaning at least once every six months. This allows you to keep your teeth and gums in solid condition, as well as helping to avoid any major problems between your dental visits.
If you go for a long time without regular dental cleanings, tooth decay can result. Tooth decay can lead to the formation of a cavity within a tooth because bacteria can eat away at your tooth enamel. This may mean that you would need a dental filling. The dental filling seals the cavity, or hole, in your tooth to prevent further damage to it.
A root canal procedure is when the inner part of your tooth, called the dental pulp, becomes infected. The pulp is in a central location of the tooth, supplying blood flow and housing nerves. The root canal procedure involves the removal of the pulp that is then filled with a material to prevent further damage.
The good news is that dental fillings and root canal procedures can be prevented by keeping up with your regular dental cleanings.
Dental cleanings help with:
Tooth loss prevention
Keeps your breath fresh
Supports your overall health
Your teeth and gum health are linked to your general health. Consider that the roots of your teeth are close to your sinuses. Any infection in this area can rapidly spread to other areas. In fact, poor oral health has been linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Keeping up with your regular dental checkups and cleanings has a positive effect on your general health, helping you avoid serious health problems that could otherwise develop.
Your dental hygienist will begin by using a mirror to examine your mouth for any issues like inflamed gums, dark spots on your teeth, or the buildup of plaque and tartar.
Next, your hygienist will use an instrument called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. There are two types of scalars: manual and ultrasonic. The manual type uses mechanical scraping, while the ultrasonic type employees mild vibrations and water.
In the next step, your dental hygienist will polish your teeth, removing any stains using a special tool and gritty toothpaste. Finally, your hygienist will floss your teeth.
Have you been putting off your regular dental cleaning appointments? If so, now is the time to resume them to help prevent tooth decay and expensive procedures that may be necessary if preventative care is not used. Reach out to Aesthetic Dentistry of Rockland County today to schedule your next dental appointment.
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“The staff was very accommodating and friendly. They made me comfortable during my visit and left me satisfied with their knowledge and recommendations moving forward.”
- Dom Bonfiglio
“What a great place! Always clean, well organized and efficient, also easy to schedule with. The staff are super friendly and the dental care is better than I used to get in the city. I would really recommend the Pearl River office!”
- Anna Soloveva
“Excellent! Excellent! service ...root canal ...did not feel a thing. Everyone is professional and pleasant. Office is clean and inviting! Dentist is caring and skilled. Hygienist is excellent too!”
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