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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.

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George E.
George E.
Everything about the dentistry was excellent! I was most impressed with the hygienist, Melissa. She is the finest dental hygienist I have ever had.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Dr. Lyman and his team are the best! The pano machine was down last week but they made sure to call me right away when it was fixed and scheduled me in the next week. Front desk is approachable, friendly and super nice. The wait times aren’t really long and that’s perfect! Thought I was only getting my X-rays today but they pulled through with pulling my wisdom teeth and reassured me everything was going to be ok. Recommend this dental for a family like feel. Definitely coming back again!
Monica T.
Monica T.
Everyone is so nice and friendly, highly recommended
Chris H.
Chris H.
I had a broken tooth. Hadn't been to see them for about 2 years. But as soon as I contacted their office. They got me in quickly and took great care of me. I appreciate their customer service and they're caring attitude. It's hard to find these days. I highly recommend them.
Lisa ann S.
Lisa ann S.
1st time. Broken tooth, needed extraction. I despise going to the dentist. Dr Lyman was very thorough, made sure I was pain free prior to tooth removal. Didn't feel a thing. Best experience in over 20yrs. I will be returning and recommending to others. Thanks Doc!!
Janet B.
Janet B.
Friendly staff and dentist. Kelsey was absolutely amazing! I
Christy
Christy
Very nice staff
Anna R.
Anna R.
It was refreshing to walk into a Dentist office where the front desk was nice and smiled! The hygienists were wonderful. I could hear my 15 year old daughter laughing in the other room with Inez. Staff and Dentist are super personable. We will see you all in August. Thank you!!!!
Mystri B.
Mystri B.
Wonderful staff! Thank you for all that you guys do!!
Beatriz R.
Beatriz R.
Great customer service.
M P
M P
Kelsie did a great job on my cleaning today. Both her and Dr. Lyman addressed my concerns and answered my questions thoroughly. I've continued to be pleased with this practice.Precious Review 2 years ago: Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle, the new hygienist. What a great addition to this practice. Michelle was gentle and had a lovely chair side manner. She did great, Thank- you Michelle!My previous reviewI was very pleased with my recent experience at Wilmot Family Dentistry. Both Becca and Dr. Lyman were caring and addressed my concerns well. Treatment was pain free. Becca, Alanna and Dr. Lyman were gentle and kind. I recommend this practice.
STAY_ D.
STAY_ D.
They really took care of my son in short notice and got his tooth removed best family dentistry to go to. I recommend this dentistry for any family and military family they super well and great with kids.
Omar B.
Omar B.
Kelsey was amazing and friendly recommend this place
Robin R.
Robin R.
Wonderfully run office with helpful, pleasant efficient staff! I found familiar faces in the waiting room from where I live in a wonderful 55+ area. I will happily refer others.
Jennifer W.
Jennifer W.
This was my first visit. Everyone was very kind, knowledgeable, and informative. The cost was really reasonable. I would highly recommend.
Arthur K.
Arthur K.
Doctor Lyman and his staff are incredible. Update: January 2024. Had my 6-month check up and as usual I had a professional lady who was truly a hygienic specialist par excellence. She did a thorough job of cleaning my teeth, and she was as nice as she could be. I can't imagine ever giving less than a five-star review for Wilmot Family Dentistry.
Christine A.
Christine A.
Super friendly staff, neutral smelling office, which I greatly appreciate, and they are collectively a great bunch of people. The dentist was kind in manor and clear about what was going on with my teeth, giving me options and not pressuring me to do anything. A great dental experience for myself and my daughter.
Gloria F.
Gloria F.
Very grateful for Wilmot Family Dentistry. The dentist and staff are very professional and friendly, which makes for a comfortable atmosphere and pleasant visit.. Thank you!
Dena E.
Dena E.
After searching dentists. I’ve been coming to this office for almost 3 years. They gave me hope. Most dentists are out there to just make money over stuff that doesn’t need to be done. I’m greatful for true honesty.
kathryn K.
kathryn K.
Dr. Lyman and his office were gracious and kind. He communicated to me what was going on and suggested how I should move forward. Very knowledgable Dr with a great personalitiy. KK
Abigail
Abigail
Kelsey was amaze and so gentle with my sensitive teeth! Dr was efficient and quick
Raymond I.
Raymond I.
Every time I called a human answered, they were so helpful and knew the answers to my questions, were patient and professional. The appointment went smooth, my daughter was seen on time for her appointment, even though there was a room full of patients, everyone got called back fairly quickly! The staff is so nice and the doctor was awesome with my daughter, to make her feel as comfortable as possible!
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
I'm new to Arizona. I got lucky when I found this office. Dr. Lyman did a fantastic job. I have been there now 2 times. He is very knowledgeable and informs you every step of the way through the procedure. The staff are all so polite and professional as well. They treat you like family This will be my dentist from now on. I recommend this dentist and office to anyone in need of dental services, without a doubt
PETE O.
PETE O.
AWESOME WORK—-SUPER GOOD STAFF—-U OF A FRIENDLY—!!!!!
Robbin H.
Robbin H.
I went in the office staff very nice and kind. I had to have tooth pull felt no pains the doctor was great. I would going forward make this my place to come for my dental work.
Jeannette E.
Jeannette E.
I decided to change dentists as my health insurance provided the benefit. I was reluctant to change, but was pleasantly surprised at the professional office at Wimot Family Dentistry. Front desk was helpful & friendly. The Hygenist was thorough & did a great job. I briefly met the dentist who seemed very nice. All in all, I’m very happy with the professional service I received. I’m sticking with them!
Lea S.
Lea S.
I was visiting from out of state and needed to have an emergency appointment. I was seen the same day of my phone call and taken care of as well. Everyone was very kind and attentive. Thank you so much for your help :)
Oleg B.
Oleg B.
Dr.Lyman and his staff very professional and honest!I highly recommend…Awesome people!Thank you
Erin W.
Erin W.
Love the care they take of our whole family here. Even the little ones look forward to going to the dentist!
lea ann L.
lea ann L.
I’m new to Arizona, and I made an appointment, and they fixed me right up. Really nice doctor and staff.Thank you so much.
Dwarlord
Dwarlord
Great. Really nice people.
Carrie T.
Carrie T.
This place is awesome. I have many dental issues and was very impressed by the one on one treatment and straight forward answers. They are ALL kind and courteous, and even made me feel better about my road ahead. I will recommend this place to everyone. Thanks for the great experience Wilmot family dentistry.
J S.
J S.
I loved the place and the doctor and the people thank you sir Joseph Lyman 🙏
Shirley M.
Shirley M.
Excellent. Efficient, knowledgeable, friendly, hygienist. Dr. Lyman is a good dentist. Office personnel are always helpful and pleasant. Clean and sanitized facilities. And a good price!
Lhasa C.
Lhasa C.
So happy to have found this office. The hygienist, Melissa, is so gentle and encouraging and the dentist seems genuinely involved in your well being.
Diane M.
Diane M.
Best dental experience Ever!!Everyone was wonderful!
Paulie L.
Paulie L.
Great experience for my son and I.
James A.
James A.
Highly responsive and friendly staff.
Sharon W.
Sharon W.
I was lucky to get Dr Lyman for my Dentist as a new patient a few years ago. If I have a problem I can always get right in.The staffalways put me at ease.I had a really sore implant and was miserable. I called got in today ,he found the problem and tonight I am pain free. Thank you Dr.Lyman .I would recommend him to all who needs a Dentist.5 star for sure.
Paul M
Paul M
I've been going to this office for quite awhile and everyone has always been honest, friendly and professional.
JoAnn C.
JoAnn C.
They were great !!! Everyone is so polite and happy.
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