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Dental Cleanings Protect Your Teeth

Dental Cleanings Protect Your Teeth

Dental Cleanings

Having a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can protect and even improve your dental health. The American Dental Association recommends bi-yearly dental cleanings and exams for people of all ages. By reinforcing at-home oral care with dental visits, one can work to prevent cavities and gum disease.

What to Expect From a Dental Cleaning and Examination

The ADA has provided information on the percentage of Americans who seek routine dental care. Unfortunately, the study revealed that around 42% do not have dental cleanings and exams as often as recommended. Dental cleanings are one of the most important aspects of oral health care. (Reference: American Dental Association (ada.org)

Dental cleanings provide a range of preventative care treatments to give patients a beautiful and healthy smile. Children should begin having dental cleanings around the age of three, and this should continue throughout their life.

Cleaning the teeth is done by dental hygienists and begins with an examination. The hygienist will check the patient’s entire mouth and report any oral health concerns to the dentist. In most dental offices, X-rays are carried out during this appointment. A dental cleaning includes the following steps:

Plaque and Tartar Removal

The hygienist removes any plaque and tartar coating the teeth using a scaler. While plaque can be removed with at-home brushing, tartar is a hardened calculus that should only be removed at the dental office.

Deep Cleaning

Next, the hygienist uses gritty toothpaste and an electric brush to perform a deep cleaning of the teeth. The grittiness of the paste helps to remove extrinsic discoloration. This deep cleaning is safe to have done twice a year, and it is effective in removing the substances that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Flossing

Dental cleaning in Tucson would not be complete without expert flossing. Unfortunately, many people do not floss as often as they should. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles that can become wedged between the teeth. In these vulnerable areas, gum disease and cavities can often begin. Professional flossing helps clean these areas and identify any problem zones that may need to be addressed with further dental care.

Fluoride Treatment

Aside from dental cleanings, there is another key element to healthy teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that is essential for keeping tooth enamel strong. Dental offices have been applying fluoride topically to their patients for decades.

Fluoride will be swabbed or painted directly on the teeth during the treatment. Fluoride may come in a gel, foam, or liquid form. After the fluoride is applied, you should avoid eating or drinking for at least thirty minutes to allow it to penetrate the deepest layers of your teeth.

Factors That May Increase the Risk of Tooth Decay

Most often referred to as cavities, dental caries are one of the teeth’s biggest threats. Some factors may make a person more vulnerable to developing cavities, and they include the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene practices (Lack of brushing and flossing)
  • Untreated dental decay
  • Poor diet
  • Avoiding dental cleanings and exams
  • Increased cavity-causing bacteria

Taking care of the teeth at home, eating a healthy diet, and seeing the dentist twice a year can reduce the incidence of cavities. The dental team partners to help maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for life.

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FAQ

People often wonder whether getting dental cleanings is essential or how often they need to see the dentist. Having your questions answered before going to the dentist makes people less nervous when it comes time to sit in the dental chair.

How do regular dental cleanings benefit you?

Most people know they need to see their dentist, but they may not realize the sheer importance of routine dental cleanings. These cleanings are an integral part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Although you brush at home, some spots are more difficult to reach, and these can become vulnerable to cavities. Dental cleanings clean your teeth completely.

How often should you see the dentist?

For most people, the answer to this question is every six months. Some people will need to see their dentist more often. Those with certain oral health conditions, such as gum disease, will need ongoing dental care to manage their disease.

What happens if you do not keep your teeth clean?

Everyone knows brushing and flossing are important and most see their dentists regularly. Avoiding brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings can lead to a buildup of bad bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria create acids that eat away at your teeth, eroding the protective enamel and eventually causing decay. Your mouth is full of bacteria and needs to be kept clean for healthy teeth and gums.

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Routine dental cleanings do not cause any pain. The dental hygienist uses tools that safely and gently clean the teeth without causing any undue discomfort. Most people feel better after their teeth cleaning appointments because their mouth feels so clean and their teeth are shiny.

How do you keep your teeth clean and healthy after the appointment?

To ensure your teeth stay nice and clean between visits, at-home dental care is critical. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once. After eating, rinse your mouth to remove any acids. To prevent cavities, limit sugary foods and beverages. Drinking water keeps your mouth hydrated.

Schedule Your Dental Cleaning

Neglecting your teeth can lead to complicated oral health issues that become expensive to treat. Seeing the dentist twice a year for your checkup and dental cleaning offers preventative care that will keep your smile healthy and strong.

With routine dental cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed before they begin causing tooth erosions and conditions like gingivitis. A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. With twice-yearly dental cleanings and brushing and flossing at home, you will be well on your way towards achieving a healthy smile for life.

noah
noah
The doctor and staff here are simply amazing! I wish we would have switched dental offices sooner!
toni ramos H.
toni ramos H.
Excellent service by kind and compassionate staff. I needed a deep cleaning and the dental hygienist, Inez, put me at ease from the start. Superior care and pain-free-- you can't ask for more!
Cheryl D.
Cheryl D.
I was so impressed with the staff and Dr, I am making Wilmot Family Dentistry my permenant dentist. I have already told several people. They really are exceptional!!Once again it was an exceptional experience. So glad I found this office!Have gone several other times, and would leave 10 stars if I could!Today I had severe pain and was brought in immediately. This is the best dentists office I have ever been to!
Michelle C.
Michelle C.
My mother is my hygienist here at Wilmot Family Dentistry, so I will say nothing but good things about her, but Dr. Lyman and the entire staff a great! ~ Kade
Stephen M.
Stephen M.
I needed some repair when I cracked a molar. I searched for dentists and found Wilmot Family, and I was most pleased! Really nice people, efficient and professional and friendly. Dr. Lyman was great. Like many people, I am somewhat apprehensive about dental work... and I was pleasantly surprised - a great experience. And Thanks to Martin for his work and friendly approach as well. I will be going back for more routine care in the future!
Roger P.
Roger P.
Melissa always does a thorough and professional job.
Barbie E.
Barbie E.
Good experience, very good cleaning and nice people too.
Jeff C.
Jeff C.
They are good. That's hard to say relating to dental work. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Barbara S.
Barbara S.
Very professional and friendly office.
Starla C.
Starla C.
These people are absolutely my life savers. I have a horrible fear of dental work and have panic attacks every time I go in. They have been more than patient, kind and have got me through some tough dental problems! Thank you all so much! Dr. Lyman and crew are the best!!
Kyle H.
Kyle H.
Okay I’m very picky we all know how the dental business works and this dentist really really does care about the patients I had an absolute SEVERE EMERGENCY went to gentle dental they kept trying to refer me to other surgeons finally made the decision to call this office & I’m truly blessed for what they have done for me completely pain free they took care of the problem the doctor was fast made sure i was comfortable and then the staff was truly amazing this office should be a 5⭐️ office
Jocelyn L.
Jocelyn L.
This place is awesome! I’m genuinely terrified of the dentist but Dr. Lyman does amazing every single time. I had my fills and crown done by him and didn’t feel pain at all. I will always recommend him. He’s the best dentist I’ve ever been to.
Tara B.
Tara B.
Wonderful, patient and caring team who go out of their way to ensure as comfortable and successful a treatment experience as possible. Highly recommend!
Leon L
Leon L
Dr Lyman is a true professional. Very knowledgeable and kind. Everyone is friendly at the office. We travel allot between CA and AZ. Dr Lyman is the best. Highly recommended.
Kathy R.
Kathy R.
Melissa is my hygienist and she is very good at her job. My overall experience was great.
Debbie F.
Debbie F.
Great dentist. Great staff. Couldn't be happier. Best dentist and office I have ever been to. Kind. Caring. Compassionate. If you are one of yhe people who hate going to the dentist they will change your mind!
Jim R.
Jim R.
Excellent visit with Dr Lyman as always. He is my favorite dentist of all time. I've had a couple of urgent issues and he never let's me down. I would highly recommend making him your dentist. You will not find a more honest compassionate care provider than he and his staff. Thank you for all that you do Dr Lyman.
Cori H
Cori H
The team is efficient, professional and accomodating. My visits to Wilmot Family Dentistry are comfortable and pleasant. I learn something new at each visit, as they thoroughly explain what's found on my Xrays when I ask.
Taisha G
Taisha G
A great experience: I was greeted promptly and courteously. Checked in and helped by multiple, kind and knowledgeable people once I was taken back. Seen by Dr. Lyman, I given a very thorough and transparent examination. I have follow up appointments scheduled and am happy my online research connected me with a centrally located office such as this one.
Lawrence B.
Lawrence B.
Timely, competent, friendly service from everyone.
Krista R.
Krista R.
We love Dr. Lyman! He’s a great listener, he takes the time to answer all of our questions, and he’s fun! Very experienced and knowledgeable. His staff is so nice! We love Wilmot Family Dentistry.
Kim H.
Kim H.
Not a fan of going to the dentist. Ever. Wilmot Family Dentistry was a great experience. Alex soothed my nerves and made me laugh. Tito is a great hygienist. Dr. Lyman is amazing. He is a no pressure, only what you need type of dentist. Five stars aren’t enough to describe my experience!!
Raymond M.
Raymond M.
Had my 6 month cleaning with Michelle. She is the best! When I need full dental care, and I have had my share, Dr. Lyman takes his time and makes the entire procedure a pleasure.
Krysten K.
Krysten K.
Amazing place and amazing staff made me feel super comfortable would definitely recommend to everybody!
Teresa L H.
Teresa L H.
I 've been in this office for years, and always have a great experience. They treat me with respect and courtesy, The Dr is very good and kind.
Mina J.
Mina J.
Everyone at Wilmot family dentistry was very professional and friendly.ThanksDr. Lyman is great with his patients and takes time to explain things.
JoAnn L.
JoAnn L.
Hygienist did a great job cleaning my teeth and Dr. answered all my questions. Good experience.
sara M.
sara M.
I have been going to this office for years. Dr. Lyman is very kind and knowledgeable. I have a lot of anxiety going to the dentist and I am always walked through the process and they answer all the questions I have. I have some gum issues and he has really helped in the treatment plan.My son had an emergency dental procedure that needed to be done and they got him in the same day. Great office and staff highly recommend
Jalen N.
Jalen N.
Went to the dentist for the first time in a while and they made me feel super comfortable with zero judgment! They were also super gentle and have a super friendly environment! I’m excited to start my journey at this dentist!
Sherry H.
Sherry H.
After searching for a dentist office that fits my needs for almost a year, I am so thankful that I found Wilmot Family Dentistry! Dr. Lyman and staff are absolutely wonderful! If you are looking for a dentist who actually cares about the patient and not just the all mighty dollar, please go here! I would highly recommend them.
Karoline C
Karoline C
Timely appointment, nice staff, knowledgeable, kind and helpful hygienist. And Dr Lyman was his usual excellent self.
Logan R.
Logan R.
Great dentist. Worked to make my insurance covered what I needed done. Wonderful place.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Everyone very nice
Jake E.
Jake E.
Best Dentist I have ever been to. Highly recommend them.
Maya B.
Maya B.
Always a friendly and understanding staff. Quick in and out with follow-up appointments made on the spot. Highly recommended
Paige H.
Paige H.
Always thorough, keeps me updated through every procedure, and a kind relaxed energy
Tina S.
Tina S.
I had an emergency dental problem and they got me in right away. Everyone was very nice and professional. They were able to fix my tooth and get rid of my pain.
Robert V.
Robert V.
Dr Lyman was very friendly and professional. Dr lyman explained the procedures so well made me feel relieved. Wonderful, atmosphere the Staff is so friendly and so welcoming. Thank you again for a amazing dental experience. Recommend this office for your dental needs.
M.J. M.
M.J. M.
Great place. Great people. Great service.
Louis S.
Louis S.
Everybody was so kind and extremely helpful in my visit. They explained everything to me unlike other dentist offices and are currently helping me get back into a schedule and routine for my oral health. 10/10 recommend!
sara L.
sara L.
I needed an emergency tooth pull and was in a lot of pain. Very glad to have found Wilmot Family Dentistry. They booked me a quick appointment and were very nice and professional. Liz, the dental assistant is fabulous and personable. Dr. is great. It finished quick and no pain.
Christine W
Christine W
Dr. Lyman and his staff are incredibly kind, patient and worked with us to get my son in on a difficult schedule. Very happy with this office and highly recommend!
Carmen R.
Carmen R.
I have been going to Wilmot Family Dental for a few years now. I have never had a bad experience. Dr. Lyman and the staff having been amazing each time. They are very friendly and nice.Will definitely keep going back and I strongly recommend them.
Amber P.
Amber P.
Exceptional experience for my family. My 7 year old needed a deeper cleaning and they took excellent care of her, she's actually looking forward to going back!Thanks for taking care of our smiles!
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