Dental Cleanings

Part of a good oral hygiene routine includes visiting Dr. Skousen every six months for a dental cleaning and every year for a dental exam. A dental cleaning at Heritage Dentistry goes beyond your routine home cleaning.

At the Beginning of a Frisco, Texas Dental Cleaning

First, your Heritage Dentistry hygienist will ask you if there are any areas where your teeth or gums are sensitive. This will help them know where to be more gentle during the cleaning and alert them to any possible dental issues. Next, your hygienist will scrape off any tartar or plaque buildup on your teeth or gums. If not removed, tartar and plaque buildup can lead to cavities and gum disease. After scraping away buildup, your hygienist will probe your gum line. This means that they will measure the space where your teeth meet your gums. If your gum line has receded from the tooth, a pocket will form causing a larger gap between the tooth and the gum. This can be an early sign of gum disease that should be treated right away before it progresses into irreversible periodontal disease. Now for the fun part, brushing and flossing!

Brushing and Flossing at Heritage Dentistry

Next, your Heritage Dentistry hygienist will brush your teeth with a prophy brush, which looks similar to a toothbrush, and an abrasive toothpaste. This special type of toothbrush and toothpaste works harder and scrapes away more bacteria and tartar from your teeth than your everyday toothbrush and toothpaste at home. The next step is flossing. If you are worried about the flossing part of the dental cleaning because you have sensitive or tightly compacted teeth, let your hygienist know. Dr. Skousen or the Heritage Dentistry team may be able to give you a medication to make you more comfortable during the procedure.

Fluoride Varnish

The last step in a dental cleaning procedure is applying fluoride. Although this is an optional step, Dr. Skousen and his Heritage Dentistry team highly recommend fluoride, especially for people who have an increased risk of developing cavities. Simply, fluoride, a natural substance, works to rebuild the enamel, your teeth’s outer protective layer. Sugars and natural cracks in teeth can make them more susceptible to breaking down, resulting in cavities. Opting for fluoride at your six-month dental cleaning visit is one way you can fight sugars and prevent cavities.

A good oral hygiene routine begins with brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once per day. Further, every six months, you should come to Heritage Dentistry and visit Dr. Skousen and his team for a dental cleaning. This will strengthen your oral health and your overall health. To request an appointment at our Frisco, Texas office or for more information about improving your oral health, call our office at 469-535-6516, today!