When it comes to preserving your smile, the first line of defense is good oral hygiene. The single best thing you can do for your oral health is to keep your recare appointments. This will save you time, discomfort and money.

What is a dental cleaning?

One of the most basic but most important treatments Kennedy Dental offers is dental cleanings. We recommend that you come in for a cleaning and a check-up every six months. However, you should plan on seeing us more often if you have gum disease or other oral health conditions. At your cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. We will also look for early signs of serious conditions such as periodontal disease and mouth cancer. Your teeth will be cleaned and polished with a special polishing paste, and then each tooth will be flossed. We may also finish the appointment with a fluoride treatment.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Our Kennedy Dental professionals stress the importance of consistent dental cleanings for a few reasons. For one, they are a great form of preventative dentistry. Dental cleanings remove the build-up of unwanted tartar around the teeth. They also help us to catch and detect any problems or irregularities in the mouth in their early stages. This is incredibly important because early detection usually leads to more effective treatment and cost-savings to you.

How can I prevent oral health care problems?

One of the best ways to ensure that your cleaning appointments go smoothly and to avoid any oral health care conditions from developing is good at-home hygiene practices. It is vital that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time—once in the morning and once before bedtime. To brush correctly, place the brush at a 45-degree angle, where your gums and teeth meet. Move the brush gently in a small, circular motion using mild pressure that brushes the outside surfaces of your teeth. Flossing is critical to good oral hygiene as well and should be done before bedtime, at the minimum. Flossing removes much of the debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Together, brushing and flossing can help prevent you from experiencing oral health care problems.

What hygiene products should I be using?

It is essential to brush and floss and to use a fluoride-infused mouthwash if possible. When choosing brands for oral health care products, make sure that they have the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of acceptance. The ADA seal will be listed on the product and shows that dentists have approved it as safe and effective.

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