Regular dental cleanings are the foundation of modern dentistry, and one of the best things you can do for your teeth and your overall oral health. For a trusted, experienced dentist, visit Juan M. Carrillo, DMD, for your next dental exam and cleaning. Call Dr. Carrillo’s friendly staff today to set up an appointment at the Richmond, Virginia, office or make an appointment online.
Preventive dentistry, like other kinds of preventive medicine, emphasizes developing and supporting good health habits to prevent future problems. With proper techniques, you can avoid tooth decay, enamel wear, gum disease and a host of other painful or inconvenient oral health conditions.
The most important components of preventive dentistry are good brushing habits, frequent flossing, and regular trips to the dentist for a dental cleaning.
Dental cleanings are more than just a chance for Dr. Carrillo to remove plaque from your teeth; they’re an important opportunity for him to evaluate any potential problems, clean and treat your teeth, and offer any advice on how you can have a brighter, more vibrant smile. During a cleaning, Dr. Carrillo will look for signs of everything from tooth decay and gum disease to signs of oral cancer, all of which can be treated much more easily when caught early in their development.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned can also remove stubborn plaque and tartar, which can help keep your breath fresh and your teeth white. You also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about your oral health, and to learn more about any elective treatments that may interest you, such as teeth whitening.
First, Dr. Carrillo and his team perform a quick exam to check for any glaring issues, like cavities and signs of gingivitis. Once the exam is complete, a hygienist removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth with a small tool called a scaler. How long this takes depends on how much tartar has built up on your teeth.
Then, the hygienist brushes your teeth with a specialized, deep-cleaning toothpaste and performs a thorough flossing. You may also get a fluoride treatment, which takes only a few minutes and simply involves wearing a small mouthguard filled with flavored fluoride paste. Finally, the team takes any needed X-rays, and you can discuss any issues or questions you have with Dr. Carrillo.
If you’re due for your next dental cleaning, call Dr. Carrillo and his staff today, or make an appointment online.