Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentistry located in Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA
Did you know that routine, professional teeth cleaning can help you maintain your oral health throughout your life? Alex Pastel, DDS, Leah Life, DDS, and the professional dental team at Pastel Dental perform dental teeth cleanings in San Francisco, California, to help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. To schedule an appointment for a smile that gives you confidence, call the Laurel Heights office today or book your appointment online.
Teeth Cleaning Q & A
What is a professional teeth cleaning?
A professional teeth cleaning helps prevent oral health issues and supports your at-home oral hygiene practices.
The team at Pastel Dental encourages you to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day, in addition to using an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
When you see your dental provider for a cleaning, they have the tools and expertise to remove any remaining bacteria that can naturally collect on your teeth that can turn into plaque. If not removed, the plaque hardens into a substance called tartar, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Professional teeth cleanings should continue at least twice a year to help you maintain oral health throughout your life.
What happens during a teeth cleaning?
Visual examination of your oral health
Before your cleaning begins, your dental specialist examines your teeth, bite, gums, jaw, and mouth. The team also reviews your medical history.
Removal of plaque and tartar
After your oral exam, your dentist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth with a special dental tool.
Cleaning your teeth thoroughly involves getting your teeth polished with a gritty toothpaste applied to an electric toothbrush that removes any remaining plaque.
Your dental professional flosses your teeth and has your rinse to get rid of any final debris.
The final step includes applying fluoride to your teeth to protect them from developing tooth decay.
Although you might feel some prodding, scraping, and occasional jaw discomfort from leaving your mouth open during the process, it’s simple, painless, and only takes 30 minutes to an hour.
How often should I have a teeth cleaning?
The team at Pastel Dental recommends that you schedule your teeth cleaning every six months. However, If you have more serious oral health issues, your provider might suggest additional cleanings.
For example, if you have diabetes or other medical issues that could cause you to be at higher risk for oral health issues, they may set up a schedule that requires more frequent cleanings to prevent issues in the future.
To schedule a teeth cleaning, contact the friendly practice today. Call or book your appointment online.