Teeth cleanings are an important part of maintaining good oral health. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day is vital to keep your teeth and gums healthy between dental appointments, but sometimes they cannot reach or remove everything. For example, tartar, hardened plaque, can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
At your first appointment, we will do a comprehensive oral exam plus a full set of x-rays and photos. This way we can have a better understanding of your oral health and how to best approach any potential dental issues.
If you have ever noticed that your teeth look whiter after a teeth cleaning, it is because all the plaque and tartar makes your teeth look discolored and when it is removed, they look whiter and more natural.Teeth cleanings are also a good time to ask your dentist any questions if you are experiencing any problems or discomfort.
The Importance of Teeth Cleanings
Teeth cleanings are important because it allows our dentist to catch problems while they are still early or small before they grow into major concerns. For example, this would be like catching gum disease while it is still gingivitis before it has progressed to periodontitis.
Our dentist may notice something out of the ordinary during a teeth cleaning that may lead to discovering a previously unknown problem. For example, if a child or young adult has excessive damage or sensitive teeth, this could be a sign they areand wearing down their enamel.
Request an Appointment
When was your last teeth cleaning? If it is time for another one, you can call our office today at (903) 984-1108 to schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Odhiambo and her team want to help you have and maintain good oral health.