When was the last time you invested in a dental cleaning? If it’s been more than six months, it’s important to take action. Regular dental cleanings lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and can also alert you to other potentially serious problems. The team at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, in Sterling, Virginia, provides dental cleanings for men, women, and adolescents. If it’s time to schedule yours, call the office or request an appointment with Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or Mojgan Partovi, DDS, using the online booking tool today.
Even if your teeth and gums feel fine, you should still participate in dental cleanings at least twice a year. Not only do dental cleanings prevent plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth and affecting your gums, but they also present an opportunity to check in with your dentist and your oral health, in general. Many oral problems like gum disease don’t show symptoms in their early stages, so you might have gingivitis and not even realize it.
When you visit PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for your dental cleaning, a dental hygienist or another member of the team thoroughly examines your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay or infection. If your hygienist detects any major problems, they might call in the dentist to make sure it’s okay to move forward with your cleaning.
If there isn’t any cause for concern, your hygienist takes a series of digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots, jawbones, and surrounding soft tissues. After taking X-rays, your hygienist begins your cleaning, using a tool called a scaler to remove plaque and dental calculus around your gums and between your teeth. You might notice some scraping noises during this process, but it’s no cause for worry.
Next, your hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste to brush and polish your teeth. The electric tool that your hygienist uses is safe for your enamel and provides a deep clean. After polishing your teeth and rinsing your mouth, your hygienist flosses your teeth. Flossing removes any plaque or food particles left from the initial cleaning process.
Lastly, your hygienist rinses your mouth and applies a fluoride treatment to your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect your tooth enamel from decay. The varnish hardens instantly, so you can eat and drink soon after.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, let your PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provider know. The team offers nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” to help patients relax and feel at ease. Your comfort is the team’s top priority.
Make a dental cleaning appointment at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.