When it comes to dental cleanliness and prevention of oral health problems, “two” is the magic number. Brushing and flossing twice daily, every day is the ultimate way for you to prevent tooth and gum disease at home. No matter how diligent you are, however, you cannot do it all alone…that is where we at Northwood Dental come in. For most patients, a twice yearly professional cleaning or re-care appointment by one of our Eagan MINNESOTA hygienists are recommended to help remove all the plaque you may have missed in your home routine and check for any other issues or abnormalities. Some patients do require more frequent re-care visits such as every three or four months.
How it’s done:
You can expect your re-care appointment to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam during the appointment. Most patients find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.
The periodic re-care appointments have a number of components to them, each as crucial as the other to keep your teeth healthy.
First, your hygienist will remove all tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth. This may be performed by hand or with an ultrasonic device. In between teeth and in the pockets of the gums are also targeted, for they are notorious, hidden hangouts for decaying agents.
Secondly, polishing is done to remove any final plaque using a rubber cup and polishing paste. If you have an aversion to certain flavors, please let us know.
Lastly, a fluoride treatment is appropriate for the majority of patients. Fluoride today comes in a variety of flavors. Let us know which one you would prefer.
Keep your mouth healthy by keeping regular appointments with us by calling (651) 687-0789