Everything You Need To Know About Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are essential for your health, but you may not know what to expect from a cleaning if it’s been a little while since you’ve seen the dentist. Let’s discuss the basics in this blog from Altamar Dental Studio now. 

What Are The Different Types Of Dental Cleaning?

There are two different types of dental cleanings. Routine cleanings are recommended for all patients, and consist of scraping away plaque, cleaning the teeth with a brush, flossing, and a comprehensive oral exam and x-rays. 

“Deep cleanings” are a periodontal treatment, and are completely different. This treatment involves using special tools to remove plaque and tartar from between the teeth and gums. It’s only required for patients who have gum disease, and may need to be administered as frequently as every 3 months. 

What Happens During A Dental Cleaning?

Your dental hygienist at Altamar Dental Studio will examine your mouth and use a special “scaler” to scrape away plaque and tartar. Then, your mouth will be cleaned with a high-powered toothbrush, and your teeth will be professionally flossed to remove even more food, plaque, and bacteria.

Then, Dr. Marquez will examine your mouth. X-rays may be required or recommended during your appointment depending on your oral health, and how recently you’ve had a set of x-rays taken at our office.

The Benefits Of Keeping Up With Your Cleanings

Wondering why you need to see Dr. Shirley Marquez at Altamar Dental Studio for an appointment every six months? Here are a few benefits of getting regular teeth cleanings at our office. 

  • Avoid cavities & gum disease – Dental cleanings and preventive care ensure that you can identify potential issues like cavities and gum disease early, and take appropriate steps to treat them properly. 
  • Save time & money – By avoiding the need for periodontal care and restorative treatment for cavities, such as fillings and crowns, you can save a lot of time and money by keeping up with your dental cleanings.

  • Get peace of mind – After your appointment, you’ll know that your mouth is healthy, or you can get the dental care you need right away if Dr. Marquez notices an issue like a cavity. This gives you peace of mind.

What To Do If Dental Cleanings Hurt

If you have inflamed gums or sensitive teeth, the best thing to do is take better care of your mouth. Dental cleanings should not hurt, and if they do, this is a sign that your mouth may need a little more attention during your daily oral care routine.

We recommend asking Dr. Shirley Marquez about steps you can take to help reduce gum inflammation and fight back against sensitivity. She may recommend flossing more frequently, using an antibacterial mouthwash, or using an anti sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne. 

How To Prep For Your Next Dental Cleaning

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is the best way to prep for your next dental cleaning. By keeping your mouth healthy throughout the months between your cleanings, you will be able to minimize inflammation and tooth sensitivity, and dramatically decrease your risk of developing cavities or gum disease. 

Overdue For A Cleaning? Contact Altamar Dental Studio Today! 

At Altamar Dental Studio, Dr. Shirley Marquez and our dental team are here to help you get the dental care you need in Naples. Contact us online or give us a call at (239) 260-5968 to schedule your next cleaning, and take control of your dental health.