There’s a good reason that insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and to help your natural teeth last a lifetime. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Eric D. Miller, DDS, in Houston, Texas.
Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. Dr. Miller looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any can't-miss issues. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.
After that, the actual cleaning begins, and the dentist or hygienist will use a small tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This part may go quickly, or it may take some time. It depends on how much plaque and tartar buildup you have.
Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. They will also give you professional flossing. Finally, you might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health between office visits.
How often your teeth need to be cleaned varies from person to person. The usual recommendation is twice a year, but people with specific dental problems may need to schedule more frequent cleanings. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.
Even when the procedure is as simple as routine dental cleaning, talking to Dr. Miller about your personal needs is an essential part of getting exceptional care.
Circumstances and situations are different for everyone, especially when it comes to health. The best way to get the right care for you is to follow a program that's tailored to your needs, not an "off-the-shelf" one that's made for the average person.
Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good health.
According to the results of a 2016 study, regular dental cleanings could help reduce the risk of pneumonia. The belief is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.
Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been linked to oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, are an integral part of maintaining good health.
If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, schedule your appointment online or call Eric D. Miller, DDS today.