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How a Professional Dental Cleaning Differs from Brushing at Home

November 8, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Aaron Cook, DMD
Professional Dental Cleaning vs Brushing at Home | Birmingham AL | Cook Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Your semi-annual dental cleaning is coming up, but you’re confident that you have been doing an excellent job with your oral hygiene, and your teeth feel fine. So, you can skip the appointment “just this once.”

If you are committed to brushing and flossing properly, congratulations. However, no amount of brushing and flossing at home can remove all the plaque and tartar that builds up on and between your teeth. And when they’re not removed, they can lead to cavities and gum disease. That’s why the American Dental Association recommends professional dental cleanings in Birmingham, AL every six months or as instructed by your dentist.

Your Toothbrush Can’t Do It All

Brushing removes a lot of plaque from your teeth, so keep up the good work. But plaque that builds up between teeth and under the gum line turns into a hard substance called tartar. Only your hygienist can remove tartar using specialized instruments.

During a professional cleaning, your hygienist uses powered instruments and ultrasonic vibration to remove tartar. Hand instruments remove the calculus from enamel and the root surface.

You Can Stay a Step Ahead of Dental Disease

As part of every cleaning, your hygienist checks for periodontal disease because catching it in its earliest stages is crucial. During the exam, they will also look for problems like broken fillings or fractures.

You’ll Leave the Office with a Brighter Smile

Clean teeth are essential, but everyone wants a smile that’s just a little bit brighter. Your hygienist also thoroughly cleans the surfaces of your teeth to get rid of stains that discolor your teeth leaving you with a healthy-looking smile.

Call Us to Arrange Your Next Dental Cleaning

If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, please call Cook Family Dental. Our skilled hygienists provide gentle, thorough cleanings that ensure your oral health and keep your smile looking bright and fresh.

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