According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing once per day. While these habits are important for maintaining your oral health, they are only part of the picture. At National Dental Hicksville, we can help to optimize your oral health with professional cleanings.

The Importance of a Professional Cleaning

During the day, plaque and oral bacteria build up on your teeth and in your mouth. Brushing and flossing every day is essential for keeping them under control. However, even if you are very strict with your oral health care routine, there are some areas of your mouth that you might miss. Consistently missing the same areas can quickly lead to an overabundance of plaque and bacteria that can turn into tooth decay and gum disease. At National Dental, we are trained to reach all of the areas of your mouth, even the ones that you might frequently miss, to eliminate plaque and bacteria and help keep your mouth clean and healthy.

At-Home Care Vs Professional Care

Your oral care tools at home are limited. You have your toothbrush, your toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. While these tools are essential for fighting tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues, they can only do so much. At National Dental, we are equipped with the latest tools and technologies that help us to eliminate even the most stubborn tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing) from your teeth. With the help of an intraoral camera, we can more easily see spots that might be missed. With our tools, we can provide you with a much more effective cleaning that will help your teeth and gums to stay healthy.

The Tooth Cleaning Process

Your cleaning is a relatively simple procedure. We start by removing plaque, tartar, bacteria and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth, including between your teeth and just below your gums. We spend the time necessary to dislodge even the most stubborn tartar.

Once your teeth have been scraped clean, we move on to polishing them. With the help of our electric handpieces, we use a special polish that contains abrasives. As the head of the handpiece spins, the abrasives scrub your teeth. We then move on to flossing. Even if you have already flossed, we perform the task to remove any additional debris that has become dislodged, as well as leftover polish. If necessary, we may then perform a fluoride treatment.

Benefits of a Professional Cleaning

Dental cleanings come with numerous benefits:

  • Improved oral health.
  • The prevention of serious oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Whiter teeth. Between scraping your teeth clean and polishing them, we also remove some of the surface stains that may be lingering. This helps to brighten your teeth, even just a little, giving you a boost of confidence.
  • Fresher breath.
  • Improved overall health. By taking care of your mouth, and preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you are preventing oral bacteria from potentially getting into your bloodstream, which could then lead to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Save money. By avoiding serious oral health issues, you prevent the need for invasive, and expensive, treatments later.

Getting a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year is recommended for keeping your mouth healthy. To schedule your cleaning, contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086.