Dental Cleaning

CaliDental

Cosmetic Dentists, Implant Dentists, & General Dentists in Lompoc, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA

Routine dental cleanings are the best way to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems before they become serious. At CaliDental with locations in San Luis Obispo and Lompoc, California, the experienced team of professionals offers dental cleanings to keep your smile beautiful. Schedule your next cleaning appointment with CaliDental over the phone or online today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What are dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings at CaliDental involve thorough cleanings that preserve your natural teeth and supporting structures to keep them healthy. Professional cleanings help prevent the onset, progression, and recurrence of oral health problems such as:

  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Cavities or tooth decay
  • Tooth infections
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • A receding gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Loose or missing teeth

Routine dental visits help detect other oral health problems including tooth crowding, tooth fractures, and broken crowns or bridges.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

When you arrive at CaliDental for an appointment, your provider takes X-rays of your teeth when necessary and begins professionally cleaning your teeth. They use specialized dental tools to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar, even in hard-to-reach areas that at-home brushing might miss. Your dental hygienist also polishes your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.

After a dental cleaning, your dentist examines your teeth to look for signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. They may place sealants on your teeth to protect them or offer fluoride treatment for cavity prevention. If you require a filling, crown, or other dental restoration, your dentist will discuss the options with you. CaliDental also offers in-office teeth whitening and Invisalign® to straighten crooked teeth.

How should I care for my teeth at home?

The best way to care for your teeth at home and optimize oral health is to brush your teeth at least two times a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Floss your teeth every day and use an antiseptic mouthwash if your dentist recommends it.

Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other fiber-rich foods. Limit or avoid sodas, other sugary drinks, sweets, baked goods, and other refined grains.

How often should I schedule dental cleanings?

Your dentist lets you know how often to schedule dental cleanings based on your oral health and personalized needs. Scheduling a teeth cleaning every six months is a good rule of thumb but you might require appointments more often if you have gum disease.

Prevention helps you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile and avoid costly dental procedures. Don’t skip teeth cleanings that drastically reduce your risk of dental decay. Schedule an appointment with CaliDental over the phone or online today.