Teeth Cleaning Specialist

University Dental Arts

Cosmetic, General & Specialty Dentistry located in Downtown, Denver, CO

Most people acknowledge that oral hygiene is important, but you might not realize the importance of regular professional teeth cleanings. While you might brush every day, getting teeth cleaning from David Redford, DMD, and his team at University Dental Arts in Denver, Colorado, every six months is an essential step in preventing gum disease and cavities. To book your next teeth cleaning and oral exam, call University Dental Arts, or schedule your appointment online today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What is a teeth cleaning?  

One of the most important preventive steps to take for your oral health is getting regular teeth cleanings from Dr. Redford and his team of hygienists at University Dental Arts. 

While brushing your teeth daily helps you maintain a relatively clean set of teeth, professional teeth cleanings further reduce your risk for diseases and complications.

Each cleaning appointment at University Dental Arts includes a preventive physical exam to identify early signs of disease or decay, an oral cancer screening, and complimentary oral health education. Some of your visits will also include dental X-rays to view the insides of your teeth, the roots beneath your gums, and your jawbone. 

After every cleaning and exam, Dr. Redford decides whether or not you need additional treatments to restore your oral health, like root canal therapy or fillings. You have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your oral hygiene routine to improve it at home between cleanings. 

How often do I need a professional teeth cleaning?

Generally, Dr. Redford suggests that you book an appointment for a teeth cleaning once every six months or twice a year. If your oral health and hygiene are in poor shape, he might suggest scheduling teeth cleanings more frequently. 

It’s important to make time for your six-month teeth cleanings because bacteria builds up on your teeth in the form of a sticky white substance called plaque. Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing daily at home, plaque can remain on your teeth and harden into a substance called tartar. 

You cannot remove tartar with normal brushing and flossing – a professional dental hygienist must remove it during your teeth cleaning. It can seriously affect your oral health if plaque remains long term. 

What should I expect during a teeth cleaning?

Some people have anxiety around going to the dentist’s office for a teeth cleaning, and knowing what to expect can put your mind at ease. During a typical teeth cleaning at University Dental Arts, your hygienist:

  • Scrapes your teeth with a scaler to remove plaque and tartar
  • Uses a gritty toothpaste and electric brush to clean and polish your teeth
  • Flosses between your teeth
  • Rinses your mouth of debris with a fluoridated liquid
  • Applies a fluoride treatment

Generally, the physical exam happens before the cleaning: Dr. Redford and his team check for signs of gum inflammation and other indicators of oral health complications. After your cleaning, you’ll have a quick discussion with Dr. Redford about your oral health and hygiene. 

If it’s time for your next teeth cleaning, don’t hesitate to call University Dental Arts or book an appointment online today.