Dental Cleanings

in Grand Prairie, TX

When is the last time you've had your teeth professionally cleaned? If it's been more than six months, you are placing the health of your smile at risk. At Revive Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer preventive dental exams and cleanings designed to safeguard your oral health. We are all about helping our valued patients enjoy a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles!

Why Are Routine Dental Cleanings Necessary?

Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential, not just to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but to also prevent a host of dental problems and emergencies down the road. Routine cleanings have been shown to decrease the risk of developing gum disease, cavities, gum (periodontal) disease, and bad breath (halitosis).

Professional cleanings, coupled with proper oral health care practices at home, have been shown to halt the progression or even reverse the early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in damage to the bone and tissues supporting the teeth, which can potentially lead to tooth loss. Moreover, studies have established a link between gum disease and health conditions, including an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.

How Often Should You Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits at intervals determined by a dentist to maintain your optimal oral health. People with healthy teeth and gums typically require dental cleanings every six months, while patients with gum disease may need more frequent care, including periodontal cleanings.

What Can You Expect During a Dental Cleaning?

Dr. Parson will start your appointment with an exam of your entire mouth. She will design a personalized treatment plan, including any preventive or restorative dentistry procedures you may need, based on the condition of your teeth and gums.

During your cleaning, our dental hygienist will use an instrument called a scaler to remove plaque or tartar buildup around your gumline, as well as between your teeth. The next step is brushing your teeth with a gritty toothpaste using a high-powered electric brush to remove any remaining tartar and to lift any surface stains.

A professional flossing session will remove any leftover plaque or tartar deep between your teeth, and may uncover any trouble spots where you may bleed at the gums. After rinsing your teeth, our hygienist will apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth and help protect them from tooth decay.

How Should You Care for Your Oral Health at Home?

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing your teeth regularly helps prevent plaque from hardening into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Make sure you consume a balanced, nutritious diet and to drink plenty of water. It's best to limit sugary or acidic foods or drinks and to refrain from the use of tobacco products. Your smile will thank you!

Dental Cleanings Near Me

Contact Revive Family Dentistry in Grand Prairie, TX, to learn more about dental cleanings, and how they help keep your smile healthy and bright. Dr. Parson and her outstanding team believe in preventing dental disease, rather than treating it after it develops. We are happy to provide you with tips and information on keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Call us today!