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How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Teeth cleanings are very important; therefore, it is strongly recommended that you attend your dental cleaning appointments every six months. However, if you have any oral health problems that need more attention, like gum disease, your dentist may recommend getting a teeth cleaning every three months.

Why are teeth cleanings important?
Teeth cleanings prevent the development and progression of gum disease, which is extremely important. Gum disease is an inconvenient and painful disease that attacks your smile more and more each day. It first begins with gum irritation and it can end with the loss of your teeth. But, if you keep up with your six month cleanings, you will have the best chance at preventing the disease. Teeth cleanings also deeply clean your smile and they give your dentist the chance to treat dental issues at the early stages of development.

Are dental cleanings painful?
Dental cleanings are not painful. They do involve small amounts of pressure and little tooth vibrations, but most people do not consider those sensations as painful. However, if you do, please let your hygienist or dentist know and they will do their best to be as gentle as possible.

What happens during a teeth cleaning appointment?
There are many steps involved in a dental cleaning, and it begins with your dentist or hygienist scraping the plaque from your teeth. This process is very beneficial and it can only be performed in the dental office, which is why dental cleanings are so important. Then, your dentist or hygienist will polish your teeth with a paste, which might leave a gritty feeling in your mouth, but it won’t last long once you rinse with water. Next, they will floss your teeth and clean each crevice of your mouth. Then, the dentist or hygienist will provide a fluoride treatment that will come in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish.

How do I keep my teeth clean after my visit?
You can keep your smile clean by brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day. Brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your teeth at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash daily. If you can, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after each meal and snack.