Teeth Cleaning

Complete Dentistry of Midland

General Dentistry located in Midland, NC

Have you ever wondered why insurance plans usually cover dental cleanings? It's because cleanings work. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Diana Millard, DMD at Complete Dentistry of Midland in Midland, North Carolina.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

First, expect an exam. Your dental professional at Complete Dentistry of Midland visually looks at your gums and teeth, checking for any glaring problems. At this point, you may also be taken for X-rays.

After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. Dr. Millard or your hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

After the plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, Dr. Millard or a hygienist uses a high-powered brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough brushing, followed by a professional flossing. Finally, you might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health until your next appointment.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. The American Dental Association recommends discussing your personal dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with Dr. Millard about your situation is an important part of getting excellent care.

Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to his or her health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

Do dental cleanings impact other aspects of my health?

The health of your mouth and your general health go hand in hand. Your mouth is connected to your body, making oral health fundamental for good health.

A study published in 2016 indicated that routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Regular dental cleanings, checkups, and conversations with Dr. Millard are an integral part of maintaining good health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, call Dr. Millard at Complete Dentistry of Midland or book an appointment online.