Dental Cleanings Q & A

Your dental cleaning visit includes a physical examination where your dentist or your dental hygienist check your oral health and looks for signs of tooth decay and disease. During your checkup, you might have X-rays to allow your dentist to examine the structure of your jawbone and teeth.

Dental cleanings begin with plaque removal. Using special tools and gentle touch, your dental practitioner scrapes off any soft plaque that has built up on your teeth. Plaque harbors bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Next, your teeth are polished with a special gritty paste and a polishing tool, which removes any remaining debris and stains, leaving your teeth feeling and looking clean. Finally, your teeth are flossed. Your dentist or hygienist discusses your at-home regime and makes recommendations.

Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly is important but can’t clean your teeth as thoroughly as professional dental cleaning.

Professional cleanings are an integral part of your preventive care and can prevent gum disease before it progresses. Periodontal disease can often lead to tooth loss, but regular teeth cleanings could help you hold on to your natural teeth for as long as possible.

Volterra Dental recommends professional cleanings for everyone every six months. If you have certain other dental health complications, or medical conditions that impact your dental health, you might need more frequent cleanings.

The benefits of professional teeth cleaning include:

  • Preventing gum disease
  • Potential reduction in extrinsic stains
  • Brighter, cleaner, and shinier looking teeth
  • Cleaning hard-to-reach areas not typically reached with regular brushing and flossing

Your at-home dental cleanings aren’t as effective as professional teeth cleanings. Fully equipped with dental instruments, knowledge, and products, there’s no substitute for professional dental teeth cleaning.

The primary objective of professional cleaning is to clean your teeth and evaluate, maintain, and improve your dental health. To learn more and schedule your professional dental cleaning, call Volterra Dental at (562) 501-3188 today or request an appointment online.

Dr. Richard Blackburn is a highly sought after dentist in Los Alamitos. Having received training at Midwestern University, he earned a strong reputation amongst his instructors and peers as an exceptionally skilled and professional clinician. He possesses extensive training and experience in wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, restorations, implant placement, sleep, and TMJ analysis, among other general dentistry treatments. In addition to enjoying family time, he loves to visit the beach. Being born and raised in Southern Orange County, he is keen to give back to the community and strives to build lasting relationships through comfortable, customized, and high-quality dental treatments.