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Dental Hygiene & Cleanings in Bloomfield

When was your last dental cleaning in Bloomfield? If it’s been more than six months, you’re behind -- and your teeth and gums are likely suffering as a result. These twice-annual cleanings are an important part of every good dental health routine. They’re your dental hygienist’s chance to remove plaque and tartar buildup and help you develop a better at-home routine for a healthier, brighter smile!

What Happens During Dental Hygiene and Cleaning?

When you come in for your regular appointment at Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield, one of our highly-trained dental hygienists will clean the surface of teeth, between each tooth, and around the base of the gums. We will also evaluate your need for special preventive treatments, like fluoride treatments and preventive fillings (also known as dental sealants). Children can especially benefit from these cavity-prevention treatments.

Once your cleaning is complete, we can also help you develop a better at-home dental hygiene routine, as needed.

Why Are Dental Cleanings Recommended Every Six Months?

The main focus of your dental hygiene appointment is to remove the plaque, tartar, and biofilm that have formed on your teeth since your last visit. Did you know that plaque can turn into tartar in as little as 24 hours, and that once the substance is on teeth, only a dental professional can remove it? It’s true -- and the combination of plaque and tartar eventually leads to tooth decay and gum disease. A once-a-year visit to the dentist just isn’t enough to keep your teeth clean. When it comes to keeping your smile fresh, a twice-annual hygiene and cleaning visit is the best.

Healthy Teeth Need Twice-Annual Checkups, Too

Alongside your dental cleaning, your dentist will also perform an examination of your teeth and gums to make sure they’re healthy as can be. And if a problem like a cavity or gum disease does exist, the chances that we’ll be able to perform a conservative treatment to get your smile back on track are much greater if you’re staying on top of your six month appointments. In addition to examining your teeth and gums, your dentist can also perform an oral cancer screening, as requested.

Prevention Is Key

Don’t forget that it’s pretty easy to prevent tooth decay, infection, and gum disease with solid at-home dental hygiene. Patients of all ages should brush gently for two minutes, at least twice a day, and floss daily. Some tips to help you maintain healthier teeth and gums are listed below.

  • Set a timer to help you reach the two minute mark when you brush
  •  Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which harbors the same bacteria that causes decay, infection, and bad breath
  • Floss gently between each tooth every single day
  • Maintain a nutritious, balanced diet and quit using tobacco for a healthier mouth

Schedule Your Dental Cleaning and Checkup Today!

When was your last dental cleaning at Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield? If it’s been more than six months, it’s past time for you to schedule an appointment -- but we won’t tell anyone. Request your appointment online today!