What is the breeding ground for thousands of natural-occurring, disease-causing strains of bacteria? If you guessed “the mouth,” then you’re right. The bacteria in your mouth love sharing the meals you eat and thrive on and between your teeth.
While this natural part of life might seem a little disgusting, the Babcock Family Dental team can help you and your family members manage bacterial overgrowth through dental cleanings and checkups when paired with twice-daily, at-home brushing and flossing.
What is a dental cleaning, and what does it entail? While there are many types of dental cleaning, the most standard type is “prophylaxis dental cleanings.” Prophylaxis means “to prevent disease.” Thus, our dental team performs this type of dental cleaning to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.
During a basic dental cleaning session, our dental hygienists remove plaque, debris, and caked-on tartar from the front, back, and sides of teeth. They use powerful professional dental tools, like dental scalers, to remove harmful bacteria that flossing and brushing simply cannot reach.
Although the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that a whopping 100 million Americans fail to visit the dentist annually, please do not be a statistic. Generally, most dental health professionals and dental insurance companies suggest undergoing dental checkups and cleanings every six months (or twice a year) to keep the teeth and gums healthy.
The aim of professional teeth cleanings and checkups is to remove detrimental bacterial buildup from the surface of the teeth and above and below the gum line. At Babcock Family Dental, our highly competent dental hygienists are to future dental problems, like tooth decay, gum disease, receding gums, and more.
This universal procedure includes the following actions: