Tribeca Smiles in New York, NY strongly recommends that you get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Having a cleaning by a registered dental hygienist and an exam by general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Frederick Solomon will also reinforce a more rigorous at-home dental health routine of flossing and brushing. A cleaning will give Dr. Solomon the opportunity to identify any major problem areas in your mouth that might require more attention before they get worse. This starts a positive feedback loop, since those who do practice excellent dental hygiene on their own with correct brushing and flossing techniques do not experience as much discomfort during a professional cleaning. That means, of course, that the more you neglect your teeth at home, the more discomfort or sensitivity you may experience at the office.
Don’t just take our word for it — the American Dental Association also advises everyone to get regular cleanings twice a year. Furthermore, anyone with teeth is a good candidate for a dental cleaning. Even if there does not seem to be anything wrong with your teeth, you are due if you haven’t had a cleaning in the last six months. Candidates for cleanings are also those who want to prevent cavities since plaque buildup, the biggest cause of tooth decay, is removed. If you’d like to prevent tooth loss, you'll also want to consider a cleaning since plaque also contributes to gum disease as it moves down your teeth and into your jawbone, compromising it and causing teeth to fall out. If you’d like to brighten your smile, freshen your breath, boost your health, and save money in the long run, a cleaning is in order.
What To Expect
After meeting with Dr. Solomon, the professional cleaning entails removing the plaque and bacteria which have built up in your mouth (which you can’t really reach, no matter how often you brush and floss). Tartar will also be removed. This is a key feature of the cleaning since only professionals are equipped to remove tartar, also called dental calculus, which is a calcified deposit. Special instruments are needed to remove tartar without harming the tooth. The first is an ultrasonic device which loosens the bigger chunks of tartar with high-speed vibrations while spraying a lubricating mist. Then finer, handheld instruments like a curette or scaler will be used for the smaller pieces. Each tooth needs to be individually scaled to get all the tartar. Polishing and fluoride typically finish the treatment off.
If during your comprehensive examination a problem is detected in your mouth, Dr. Solomon will want to prepare a treatment plan to get you back to health. You will have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Solomon to discuss all your choices for restoration and sedation options. In some cases, you may be treated within the same appointment. However, more extensive procedures will most likely be booked on a separate day for preparation (like a required round of antibiotics). It is important to follow all of his instructions on how to best care for your teeth until the follow-up appointment.
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Proactive Dental Care
Be proactive about your oral health. We strongly recommend making your cleanings every six months a priority. With our state-of-the-art dental technologies (digital x-rays and impressions, innovative detection systems for cavities, intra-oral cameras, and more), we can keep your records up-to-date and document the progression of your teeth — maybe even catch a minor development before it becomes a major problem. Schedule today!