Routine dental cleanings and exams are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleanings by our hygienet can remove plaque and tartar that develop over time. Even with a good brushing and flossing routine, tartar and plaque can buildup around the gum line or in the cracks and crevices in your smile. However, taking good care of your smile using floss and fluoride can help prevent tartar and plaque. Your dentist in Boise, ID, Dr. Stillings, recommends getting your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.
How it's done
Dental cleanings typically last about 30 minutes. Our hygienist will first perform an exam using a mirror to see your teeth from every angle. After the examination, we'll scale your teeth to remove plaque and tartar by scraping your teeth using a special tool designed to professionally clean your smile. We will then brush your teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush tool and apply a fluoride treatment. The fluoride treatment helps protect your teeth until the next time you can come in for a cleaning. Dr. Stillings will then come in for a final examination to make sure your smile is in top shape.
A dental cleaning gives Dr. Stillings the opportunity to check-in with your dental hygiene. Underlying dental issues can go unnoticed by the untrained eye, so it is best if your Boise dentist has the ability to take a look at your dental health twice a year. This will allow him to examine your gums as well and check for any signs of gingivitis, which is very common even for patients who take excellent care of their smile. The best way to care for a dental emergency is to treat one, so be sure to take that necessary step and get a professional cleaning twice a year.
Call your dentist in Boise, ID to find out more about dental cleanings. You can reach our office at (208) 377-3206, or you can fill out an appointment request form directly on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!