The first visit (and generally every other routine visit) will include a teeth cleaning procedure known as oral prophylaxis performed by the dentist or dental hygienist. These teeth cleanings can be done every 6 months during scheduled appointments. It doesn’t need to be done more frequently when you (or your child) brushes and flosses regularly.
The purpose of a cleaning is to remove plaque and deposits from your teeth. These may accumulate on your teeth even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly. The procedure can include scaling and polishing the teeth as well.
Dental cleanings are crucial for several reasons.
- It can detect early signs of dental problems.
- It helps you keep your smile healthy and white.
- It reduces the chance of gum disease.
- The procedure can lead to the detection of signs of oral cancer.
- It helps in preventing bad breath.
- It contributes to maintaining your overall health.
You shouldn’t miss a dental cleaning during a scheduled visit. It’s a necessary component of maintaining your oral health, even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly.