The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to prevent harmful conditions from developing in the first place. Dental cleanings are the hallmarks of preventive dentistry, which is why Suguna Gottam, DDS, strongly encourages them for her patients at NRH Family Dentistry in North Richland Hills, Texas. If you’re due for a dental cleaning, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
A dental cleaning is a procedure where Dr. Gottam or a hygienist uses professional dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and keep your smile clean.
Dr. Gottam typically performs a dental exam as well when you come in for a dental cleaning to assess the health of your smile and determine whether you need any additional procedures to optimize your oral health. This typically includes dental X-rays, which Dr. Gottam performs in-house.
Depending on the state of your smile, Dr. Gottam might also recommend some additional procedures to optimize your oral health, like:
NRH Family Dentistry offers exceptional dental cleanings for patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Even if you’re diligent about your at-home care and brush and floss daily, you still need periodic dental cleanings to keep your smile healthy. Many patients have areas of their smile that are more difficult to reach and, therefore, susceptible to the buildup of plaque. When plaque is left for too long, it hardens and turns into tartar, which is harmful to your gums and requires a professional cleaning to remove.
Dental cleanings also give Dr. Gottam a chance to check in on the health of your smile. No matter how healthy you try to keep your mouth, there’s still a chance that a problem could develop. When you regularly see Dr. Gottam, it ensures that potential problems never progress. It also enables Dr. Gottam to treat conditions when they’re in their early stages.
The American Dental Association recommends consulting with your dentist to determine how often you need dental cleanings. The general rule of thumb, however, is roughly once every six months. If you have an ongoing dental condition, however, like gum disease, you might need cleanings more often.
Schedule a visit with NRH Family Dentistry by calling the office or booking online, and start keeping your smile healthy today.