Professional Teeth Cleanings
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANINGS
From our point of view, there's two types of people in Forest Park, IL: those who visit the dentist twice a year every year to get a professional teeth cleaning and those who don't. If you're one of the people who are getting a bi-annual cleaning, do you know why you're going or is it just something you've always done? If you're not going to the dentist regularly (or at all), maybe you don't understand the importance of professional teeth cleanings. In this article, our team at DentalWorks - Forest Park answers some of the most common questions about professional teeth cleanings, including why you do need to get them, what happens during a cleaning, how often they need to be performed, costs, and more. Hopefully, by the time you finish this article, you'll be ready to schedule your next professional teeth cleaning for yourself and every member of your family at our office in Forest Park, IL.
- HOW MUCH DOES A DENTAL CLEANING COST WITHOUT INSURANCE?
If you don't have dental insurance, many dental offices in Forest Park, IL can help make your dental cleaning affordable. Dental practices typically accept most forms of payments, including low-interest medical financing. At DentalWorks - Forest Park, we help all of our patients make their dental care affordable for themselves and their family. Keep in mind that a professional dental cleaning twice a year can help prevent larger problems like cavities, gum disease, and more. Avoiding these dental issues can save you time and money on procedures like tooth-colored fillings and periodontal surgery.
- WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY CLEANING?
Once you relax in the dental chair, your hygienist can begin your cleaning. Some dental practices use an ultrasonic tool to help loosen buildup from your enamel before moving to a manual tool. Each tooth will be carefully cleaned to remove plaque and tartar, especially along your gumline. After this, your hygienist will polish your enamel. The polishing process removes stains and brightens your smile. The final step of a professional cleaning is flossing between your teeth. If you are concerned about your flossing technique, now is a good time to get tips from your hygienist.
- WHY DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL TEETH CLEANING?
Even if you brush twice a day every day at home, you may still be missing some areas of your enamel. Your teeth are full of areas that are awkward for you to reach on your own. A professional dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your enamel before they can turn into cavities or periodontal (gum) disease. Visiting a dentist in Forest Park, IL at least twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning can save the time and expense of other procedures (for example, tooth-colored fillings, scaling and root planing, plus periodontal surgery).
- WHAT IF I HAVE DENTAL FEARS OR ANXIETY?
If you're avoiding even a routine dental cleaning because of fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, you're not alone. Modern dentistry uses gentler, more effective methods to make routine cleanings and other dental treatments easier for patients. However, if a previous bad experience makes it difficult for you to even sit in a dentist's chair, sedation options are available to keep you calm and comfortable during your appointment. Before your dental cleaning, you'll have a consultation at DentalWorks - Forest Park to determine whether you are a good candidate for sedation and which is best for your needs. We offer nitrous oxide (commonly known as "laughing gas") that can be used during your appointment and oral-conscious medication (for example, Valium), which is taken before your appointment. Either option will keep you awake, but calm and relaxed during your cleaning. Your dental team will discuss what to expect before, during, and after your appointment in your initial consultation.
- HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MY TEETH PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED?
For most people, you should get your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend professional cleanings more often to address plaque and tartar buildup. Extra cleanings can help if you are prone to cavities or gum disease. For children and adults who request it, a professional fluoride treatment may be added after your cleaning to help strengthen your enamel. Dental sealants are another option to help reduce your risk of cavities. However, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day at home should be enough for most Forest Park, IL patients to keep your smile bright in between professional teeth cleanings.
- WHAT SHOULD I DO BETWEEN VISITS TO THE DENTIST TO KEEP MY SMILE HEALTHY?
To keep your smile clean and bright between professional teeth cleanings, you need to develop and follow a home oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Make sure you are replacing your toothbrush (or brush head if you're using an electric toothbrush) at least every three months or earlier if the bristles are worn. During your cleaning, ask your hygienist about proper brushing and flossing technique so you are getting the most out of your cleaning routine. They can also help you with product recommendations, like a toothpaste to help if your teeth feel sensitive. In addition to brushing and flossing, you can use mouthwash or a travel toothbrush throughout the day to remove debris and stains.
MAKE SURE YOUR SMILE IS BRIGHT AND STRONG WITH A PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANING
Make sure your family has bright, healthy smiles in your next picture by scheduling appointments for a professional teeth cleaning at a dental practice near you in Forest Park, IL. If you are searching for an experienced team of dental professionals who use state-of-the-art equipment, contact DentalWorks - Forest Park to schedule a cleaning and consultation. We help Forest Park, IL patients of all ages improve and maintain their oral health. If you have dental fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist, ask about scheduling a consultation for sedation dentistry. It's our goal to provide you with a positive experience that keeps you coming back to take care of your smile for life.
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