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Dental Cleanings in Atlanta

Prevent Oral Health Problems

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Why Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months?

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You should get your teeth cleaned every 6 months to prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease, keep your breath smelling fresh, and prevent discoloration from stain buildup. 

Plaque forms when left-behind food particles mix with your saliva. This sticky substance forms a film around your gum line and between your teeth. It then converts the left-behind sugars in your mouth into acids that attack your enamel, eventually causing cavities. 

When left untreated, cavities can spread deeper into the teeth, leading to infection. It only takes 72 hours for plaque to harden into tartar, which is what causes gum disease – a serious infection that can cause irreversible damage to your soft and bone tissues, eventually leading to tooth loss.

Dental cleanings involve scaling and polishing your teeth, which prevents plaque and tartar buildup from accumulating. This is necessary even if you thoroughly and regularly brush and floss at home. It’s nearly impossible to remove all food particles and bacteria from the mouth that contribute to cavities. 

Since we also examine your teeth during your cleanings, we’ll be able to spot the early warning signs of tooth decay and infections. This might cause us to take a closer look with x-rays which reveal the underlying health of your teeth, gums, and bone tissue. 

Caring for Your Teeth Between Dental Visits

You can’t just leave all of your oral hygiene habits up to the dentist. In between your bi-annual cleanings, bacteria have 6 months of opportunity to attack your enamel and gums if you don’t properly care for your oral health. 

When it comes to selecting your toothbrush, this is mostly up to personal preference. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be just as effective at plaque removal when used properly and consistently. 

However, electric toothbrushes can make it easier and less laborious to brush for the recommended duration and to thoroughly get into all of those hidden crevices, especially if you have dexterity issues. 

The most important thing is to use a toothbrush with soft bristles so you can’t cause enamel erosion when you brush your teeth. Brush at a 45-degree angle for at least 2 minutes in the morning and at night with fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least once daily.

A lot of people forget to brush their tongues but you need to brush your tongue as often as you brush your teeth to remove bacteria and odor. Other tips to prevent cavities include drinking fluoridated water, eating a low-sugar diet, limiting snacks, and chewing on sugar-free gum if you have Dry Mouth.

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What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning Session?

First, one of our dentists in Atlanta will conduct an oral exam by thoroughly examining your teeth, gums, and tongue. We’re looking for signs of decay, gum inflammation, discoloration, and any abnormal lesions. This will help us determine if additional x-rays are necessary to rule out oral health problems. This will show us a complete picture of your oral health deeper than just the surface level. Then, we will scale above the gum line. This is when we scrape off plaque and tartar around the gums and between the teeth. After this, we polish your teeth to remove stains and bacteria.

This is done with a powerful electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste which clean your teeth more thoroughly than regular at-home brushing. Then, we will floss your teeth and give you a mouth rinse to remove any remaining debris. Your cleaning is completed with a fluoride treatment. This is a highly concentrated fluoride varnish that strengthens your enamel and protects your teeth from cavities.

How Long Does Whitening Last?

Teeth Whitening Lasts 1-3 Years

With proper at-home care, you can usually expect your newly-whitened smile to last between 1-3 years. With regular touch-ups at our office, however, you can keep your smile white indefinitely.

How to Keep Your Smile White at Home

We recommend using a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash, and ensuring you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. You may also want to avoid or reduce your intake of drinks like coffee, tea, and cola, which can stain your teeth. Drinking these beverages with a straw can also help prevent stains, since the straw prevents direct contact with your teeth.

Get Teeth Cleanings From Goldstein Garber & Salama

Regular teeth cleanings can help remove surface stains and plaque from your teeth, so make sure you’re seeing your dentist at Goldstein Garber & Salama for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.