Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Have you ever wondered why insurance plans cover dental cleanings? It’s because cleanings work! Having professional dental cleanings is the best way to keep your mouth healthy and strong. It is important that your cleanings are done by a registered dental hygienist. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Schedule your regular cleaning by calling Charles Croasdill, DMD in Tacoma, Washington today.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

First, one of the registered dental hygienists at the office of Charles Croasdill, DMD evaluates your oral health and checks for signs of disease or damage.

Your professional hygienist uses specialized instruments to remove plaque and calculus (hardened deposits) from hard-to-reach areas, including the gum line and in between your teeth.

We may also use a powered rotating cup with polishing paste to treat all surfaces of your teeth. After that, we may apply preventive materials, such as fluoride, to protect your teeth.

Then, your hygienist spends some time reviewing your home-care for dental health. We may counsel you on the proper way to brush, floss, and take good care of your teeth.

How often should I schedule dental cleanings?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year. Take the American Dental Association’s advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with Dr. Croasdill about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to health. The best way to get the right care for you is to follow a program that’s tailored to your needs, not an “off-the-shelf” one that’s made for the average person.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of my health?

The health of your mouth and your general health go hand in hand. Your mouth is like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

According to the results of a 2016 study, regular dental cleanings help reduce the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Kidney disease, diabetes, heart health, and other conditions have also been connected to oral health. Routine dental cleanings, checkups, and maybe most importantly, talking with Dr. Croasdill, are an integral part of maintaining good health.

If you’re due for a dental cleaning, call the office of Charles Croasdill, DMD today.