Regular dental cleanings are essential to overall health since they serve to keep teeth healthy, beautiful and free from decay and abscess. Dr. Donia is an expert at providing comfortable yet thorough dental cleanings to all of his patients in the Encino, California region.
Dental Cleaning Q & A
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?
During a teeth cleaning, Dr. Donia will remove plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth in order to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. During cleanings, children also receive sealants on their molars to help prevent cavities. At this time, you may have X-rays taken and the dr. may perform a gum tissue evaluation to check for additional mouth problems such as hard-to-see cavities or the development of gum disease.
Typically, Dr. Donia also checks your bite, swallowing and chewing patterns as an additional screening for issues with your oral health. Dr. Donia will also take this time to polish and clean any dentures or fillings you have.
Part of the appointment may also involve education on the proper way to brush and floss as well as recommendations as to foods to avoid or add to your diet to promote your overall oral health.
Why Are Dental Cleanings Necessary?
Absolutely! Dental cleanings allow your dentist to remove plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth while taking the opportunity to perform an overall oral check for gum disease and other oral health issues. If left untreated, these issues can lead to tooth loss, and harmful diseases such as dementia, diabetes complications, and heart disease.
Gum disease and tooth infections lead to a weakened immune system which can cause problems throughout the body.
How Often Is a Dental Cleaning Needed?
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends receiving a thorough teeth cleaning every six months to drastically improve your oral health.
However, patients with gum disease or a history of tooth decay are encouraged to visit our office every three months so Dr. Donia can ensure the disease is not progressing.