Your Foundational Dental Care
Regular and deep teeth cleanings are the fundamental procedures of preventive dentistry. Your dental examination and teeth cleaning appointments are recommended two times each year.
Support for your at-home dental care
Routine brushing and flossing are vital for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. A professional teeth cleaning supports your at-home care by removing harmful tartar build up that can harbor bacteria growth.
Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, follow the diagnosis of periodontitis (gum disease). These procedures target the more complex infection below your gum line to prevent it from worsening.
Reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay
Preventive dental treatment identifies the symptoms and presence of decay and disease that attack your teeth and gums. Your Wilmington dentist will treat your oral health problems before they worsen.
Schedule you and your family’s next comprehensive dental examination and teeth cleaning with your dentist in Wilmington.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?
Yes. Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, grooves and pits. Overtime, the teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.
What should I expect at my cleaning and exam consultation?
Your cleaning and consultation will consist of a visible examination of the teeth and gums. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may also require x-rays for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. You’ll also consult with your Wilmington dentist about any oral health problems you may have been having or questions that you may have. The cleaning will follow, during which a dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. Finally, your teeth will be polished before your dentist discusses any treatment recommendations he may have for you.
What types of guidelines should I follow after my visit?
In between dental cleanings and consultations, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home. This includes daily flossing and brushing after meals. It’s also important to drink fluoridated water and use a fluoridated toothpaste.
What is the difference between regular cleanings and deep cleanings? (Scaling & Root Planing)
If you have been diagnosed with Periodontitis or gum disease then you may require a more complex type of treatment called Scaling and Root Planing.