Dental Cleanings For All!
Even if it’s been a little while since your last dental cleaning, we’re glad to have you. Your comfort and oral health are our top priorities! We’ll never lecture you or shame you. Instead, we’ll treat you with the utmost care, as if you were our own family member. Our team is full of dental experts, ready to help you get the care you deserve.
Dental cleanings are an excellent way to keep your teeth healthy. Seeing your dentist twice a year for cleanings will prevent you from requiring more extensive dental treatment in the future. This means that the best way to avoid serious dental treatment is to come in regularly for dental cleanings!
Dental Cleanings and Why They Matter
Having regular dental cleanings and exams will help keep your mouth healthy. Bi-annual dental cleanings and exams can also detect small problems before they become painful and expensive. In many cases, cleanings will allow our dental experts to see problems before they develop. At cleanings, we’re able to let you know if you need any other work done, or if you should change your habits to prevent other treatments in the future.
Additionally, dental cleanings are necessary for maintaining the health of your teeth. Even with excellent brushing and flossing at home, plaque is bound to build up in places that are tough to reach. At your dental cleanings, your dentist will remove this extra plaque to keep it from building up within your mouth. This, along with your dentist’s examination, will also help prevent future problems.
Most insurance plans cover dental cleanings and exams at 100%. This is because cleanings are a routine maintenance option for your teeth. Because cleanings are restorative in nature, insurance plans want to make sure you’re covered so they won’t have to pay for bigger treatments in the future.
At your initial dental visit, your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam. By doing this, they’ll be able to see what the status of the rest of your mouth is. If you need fillings, root canals, or other treatment, your dentist will be able to tell you at your cleaning.
Regular exams will include the following:
Radiograph (X-Ray) Examination – X-rays are essential to help us detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, and can also help determine tooth and root positions. Our X-Ray procedure is almost instant and will give us a wealth of knowledge about your teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening – During your oral cancer screening, your dentist will check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer. This is another examination feature that takes almost no time at all.
Gum Disease Evaluation – The gum disease evaluation includes checking the gums and bone around your teeth for any signs of periodontal disease. Having this done at two dental cleanings per year will prevent gum disease from developing.
Examination of Tooth Decay – During your cleaning, your dentist will also observe and report on any existing tooth decay. Whether you have a lot or a little, your dentist will let you know what should be done to minimize and eliminate tooth decay.
Examination of Existing Restorations – By checking your current restorations, your dentist ensures that existing restorations (fillings, crowns, etc.) are still up to par. If they are, you shouldn’t need to have any of them repaired. Sometimes, however, this exam alerts our team as to any necessary repairs or replacements.
Why are regular dental cleanings so important?
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Professional Dental Cleaning
While dental cleaning appointments do include a comprehensive exam, this exam isn’t the cleaning itself. During the cleaning, registered dental hygienists will perform dental prophylaxis, also called a routine dental cleaning. They’ll do so after finishing your comprehensive exam. Our team members will perform the actual cleaning, which consists of a few small procedures. After the dental exam, your cleaning appointment will include the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar) – Calculus, or tartar, is hardened plaque that builds up and attaches to the tooth surface. Calculus naturally forms above and below the gum line. Unfortunately, tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments. The buildup of plaque without the benefit of dental cleanings can lead to periodontal disease, cavities, and a whole slew of other oral health problems.
Removal of plaque – Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is especially relevant because it is the start of periodontal disease! It can also lead to inflammation within your body and affect your overall health. No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, dental cleanings are necessary to remove this plaque and avoid these health problems in the future.
Teeth polishing – Finally, your dentist will polish your teeth. Polishing removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. It will also help your teeth remain shiny and bright, renewing your confidence in your smile. This is the final step in a dental cleaning before we send you on your way.
Ready to schedule your dental cleaning?
Ready or not, your teeth are always ready to be cleaned. If you still aren’t sure about dental cleanings, call us at 402-467-1000 with any questions. We’ll be happy to answer your questions as best as possible. If you are ready, you can call us today or schedule your appointment using the form below.
Don’t live near Lincoln Family Dentistry? Don’t worry.
Even if you aren’t located near our office, we can still help. We have multiple other locations throughout Lincoln, and you can schedule an appointment with any of them using the form at the bottom. Our sister locations are Coddington Dental in West Lincoln, Northstar Dental in North Lincoln, Preserve Family Dentistry in East Lincoln, and Southpointe Dental in South Lincoln. Click the link to their websites to learn more.