Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial to help maintain your oral health. Subha Yerabollu, DDS, at Prime Family Dentistry in Chantilly, Virginia, offers dental cleanings twice a year to help patients prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep their gums healthy. To schedule your next dental cleaning, call the office or request an appointment online.
First, there's an exam. Dr. Yerabollu begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any can't-miss issues. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.
The actual dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays. Although dental cleanings aren’t painful procedures, Dr. Yerabollu offers nitrous oxide or laughing gas to relax her patients that might feel uneasy in the dental chair. The hygienist or dentist removes harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. This step could take longer if you've skipped a cleaning or two.
Once the plaque and tartar buildup have been removed, the hygienist or dentist brushes and polishes your teeth followed by professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth between office visits.
Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people might be able to go with the standard advice of every six months, while other people with specific issues may need more frequent cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends discussing your personal dental cleaning needs with your dentist.
Whether you need a quick dental cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to Dr. Yerabollu about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.
Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to their health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.
Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good health.
The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.
Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.
If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, call Dr. Yerabollu or request your appointment online.