Orange City and Deltona, FL
Most people understand what routine oral hygiene consists of: brushing twice per day, and also flossing every day. However, even the most diligent and rigorous regimen of brushing and flossing will not remove all the bacteria and plaque from your teeth. To get your teeth completely clean and lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, you should receive routine dental cleanings—as conducted by the team of Deltona oral health professionals at Terry Soule, DDS.
Everyone should receive a professional dental cleaning once every six months
Whether you are a child, an adult, or a senior citizen, the American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist every six months for a check-up that should entail having your teeth professionally cleaned and having your Orange City dentist examine the condition of your teeth and mouth. Keeping a regular schedule of dental check-ups helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria and plaque—the initial building blocks of tooth decay—while the examinations help your dentist maintain a consistent history of your oral health.
Why is a dental cleaning so important?
The reality is that there are certain areas of the mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach well such as along the gum line and in the deep crevices of your molars. Accumulated bacteria in these locations can lead to infection such as gum disease or tooth decay. A prophy or dental cleaning also removes any tartar buildup, which cannot be removed through normal brushing and flossing efforts. Even the most avid brushers still accumulate some level of tartar buildup that only a professional dental cleaning can remove.
What can I expect during a professional dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is referred to clinically as a dental prophylaxis or prophy. During this procedure, the teeth are scaled—which entails having any tartar build-up removed from the surfaces of your teeth. Then, all or your teeth are polished, smoothing the dental enamel and making it harder for bacteria and plaque to stick to them in the future.
Undergoing a prophy every six months, as recommended, helps maintain a high level of oral hygiene while also limiting your risk of cavities and gum disease. Although the ADA does recommend you have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months, certain circumstances may require having them cleaned more often—especially if you have gum disease. Dr. Soule will work with you to determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned.
Generally speaking, having your teeth cleaned should be a relatively painless procedure, although we understand that any dental treatment, even cleanings, may be difficult for those with dental anxiety. The office of Terry Soule, DDS, offers sedation dentistry services to help these patients.
Every person, no matter their age, needs to have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. And at Terry Soule, DDS, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care to all the members of your family. To learn more about our services, arrange a tour of our facility or schedule an initial consultation, call our Orange City office at (386) 775-1552. We are offering a $89 special on first-time consultations for new patients.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to care for patients in the areas of DeBary, Orange City, and Deltona in Florida.