Teeth Cleaning in Hillsboro & Aloha, OR
You know the saying.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
It applies to your dental health too.
At Smith Dental, we’d rather take the time to prevent dental problems from ever starting than treat them later. Despite what you may have seen on TV and in the movies, dentists do not actually like to see their patients in pain!
Regular teeth cleanings are a crucial part of our preventive treatment plan. Our hygienists are skilled and perform thorough and gentle cleanings to give your teeth the fresh start they deserve and prevent a range of dental problems including cavities and gum disease.
Why Do I Need Cleanings?
We take pride in knowing that our patients have great home-care routines. But even with the best brushing and flossing habits, it’s still easy to miss areas of your teeth. The many nooks and crannies of your teeth make it easy for your toothbrush and floss to miss spots, and if your teeth happen to be crowded or overlapping, it’s even more likely that some areas will be missed. This sets the stage for plaque to build up and harden into tartar. Once tartar forms, it can only be removed with professional tools.
Smith Dental recommends that you have a professional cleaning every six months, and most insurance companies cover two cleanings each year as well. Seeing us on a regular basis will keep plaque and tartar buildup to a minimum, allowing for faster cleanings. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, your cleaning may take a little longer, and we’ll discuss this with you.
What Happens During a Cleaning
Your hygienist will start your cleaning by using an ultrasonic instrument to dislodge any chunks of tartar from your teeth. A steady stream of water will rinse away the bits of tartar and help the area stay cool.
Once this part is completed, your hygienist will get to work with precise manual instruments to carefully inspect every one of your teeth and remove any remaining traces of plaque and tartar.
When your teeth are completely tartar-free, your hygienist will polish them to shiny perfection. Our patients love the way their teeth feel after a good cleaning!
We have several hygienists available here at Smith Dental, which makes it easier for busy families to get the entire household cleaned and polished at once, saving you additional trips to the dentist.
Other Benefits of Dental Cleanings
In addition to giving you beautiful, clean, shiny teeth, dental cleanings do even more:
- Cleanings give us the opportunity to check your mouth for any health concerns including oral cancer.
- Cleaning plaque and tartar from between the teeth and beneath the gumline helps to prevent gum disease.
- Good dental hygiene may reduce your risk of developing heart disease and strokes.
- We can discuss any concerns you might have about your teeth and create a treatment plan for the future.
- Plaque and tartar lead to bad breath. Cleanings will help take care of this problem.
Is it time for you and your family to have a cleaning? Call our Hillsboro or Aloha OR dental office today to schedule your appointment!