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Professional teeth cleaning is ideal for removing tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. If your smile has suffered from age and lifestyle habits, Dr. Michael Hoang, DMD can clean your teeth professionally and help maintain your overall health. Different people require different teeth cleaning intervals depending on their needs.

What happens during the procedure?

Your dentist will begin the procedure by conducting a physical exam of your mouth. They will look for gum inflammation, tongue swelling, or bleeding. Depending on the severity of your mouth’s condition, your dentist will use the scrapping method to remove tartar and plaque buildup. They will finish up by brushing your teeth with a high-powered toothbrush.

Reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned

While the apparent reason is to get your teeth thoroughly cleaned and for your dentist to remove plaque buildup, there are reasons why you should schedule professional teeth cleaning.

It’s a painless procedure

Professional teeth cleaning procedures are painless and comfortable. If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist will apply numbing agents to make the process comfortable. The process can use a combination of water and a special fine powder to remove stains and the buildup of tartar.

It’s an opportunity to detect dental problems

While your dentist is busy cleaning your molars or the back of your mouth, they can notice unusual things in your mouth, like swelling or lesions. They can perform a physical inspection or order additional tests to offer the most suitable treatment.

It can help prevent gum disease

Tartar or plaque buildup causes gum diseases, and that’s where professional teeth cleaning comes in. When you regularly get your teeth professionally cleaned, you remove all the plaque buildup, which, if left alone, can lead to gum disease.

How often should you get your teeth cleaned?

The question of the frequency of teeth cleaning bears different answers for different people. While most people have professional teeth cleaning twice yearly, others can visit their dentists every three or nine months. The frequency largely depends on your individual needs and the condition of your mouth. Talk to your doctor about a suitable schedule and interval for you.

How to maintain your teeth in-between professional dental cleanings

Considering that you always keep your dental appointments, you should also maintain your dental hygiene at home. You cannot stop caring for your teeth because you know your dentist will help clean your teeth at a particular time.

You can include and maintain the following:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Consider daily flossing
  • Use appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Eat foods that promote healthy teeth
  • Avoid or limit sugary and acidic foods
  • Rinse your mouth when you have sugary or acidic foods 

Combining the above with regular professional teeth cleaning allows you to maintain healthy teeth and optimal oral health.

If you have stained teeth or plaque buildup, visit Dr. Michael Hoang, DMD, for treatment. Dr. Michael and his team will offer personalized treatment depending on your dental requirements. Call or book an appointment online and boost your confidence through a brighter smile.