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Dental Cleaning Dacula GA
Dental exams and professional teeth cleanings offer a multitude of benefits, from preventing cavities and gum disease to supporting overall health and preserving a bright, healthy smile. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential components of a proactive approach to oral care, promoting long-term oral health and well-being. Here at Lanier Valley Dentistry we recommend our patients come in and see us every six months.
What is the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?
Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and gums. When plaque is not adequately removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can mineralize and harden into tartar.
Tartar, also known as dental calculus, is a hardened deposit that forms on the teeth when dental plaque mineralizes over time. Tartar is composed of minerals from saliva, food particles, and the bacteria in plaque. Once tartar has formed on the teeth, it cannot be removed through regular brushing and flossing. Professional intervention by a dental hygienist or dentist is required to effectively remove tartar using specialized tools during a dental cleaning.
What Happens During a Dental Exam and Professional Teeth Cleaning?
To begin your dental appointment, we will collect your medical and dental history and any changes that may have occurred since your last visit.
One of our dental hygienists will perform your dental cleaning, using specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, especially in areas that may be challenging to reach with regular brushing and flossing. After that, your teeth will be polished, and fluoride treatment given, if necessary.
Next, our dentist will come in and perform a thorough visual examination of the teeth, gums, tongue, and other oral tissues. This involves checking for signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer (through an oral cancer screening), abnormalities, and the overall condition of the oral structures.
Our dentist will also assess the health of your gums, checking for signs of inflammation, bleeding, and gum disease. Measurements of your gum pockets may be taken to evaluate the presence of periodontal pockets, which can be an indicator of gum disease.
Based on these findings, we will give recommendations for follow-up care, preventive measures, and any necessary treatments will be explained.
Dental Exams Help Preserve Your Teeth
By preventing cavities and gum disease, dental cleanings help preserve natural teeth. Preserving natural teeth is essential for maintaining proper oral function, speech, and the overall structure of the face. Regular dental cleanings reduce the risk of tooth loss associated with advanced gum disease. By addressing gum health and preventing the loss of supporting bone, cleanings contribute to the retention of natural teeth, thus preventing the need for additional procedures such as tooth extraction, dental bridges, implants, and other tooth replacement restorations.
Customized Oral Care Advice at Lanier Valley Dentistry
Our dental cleanings include personalized oral hygiene advice from our dental professionals. We offer guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, the use of dental aids, and recommendations for oral care products tailored to our patient's individual needs. Call us today to schedule your next dental exam at (678) 802-8654.