Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are absolutely necessary oral health. At your regular visits, your hygienist will remove bacteria and other harmful substances from your teeth and gums. In this way, your practitioner can reduce your risk for cavities, dental discoloration, and gum disease. At Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ, our team offers thorough, yet efficient cleanings. With our short wait times and gentle techniques, your appointment will be quick, comfortable, and stress-free. We offer cleanings for patients of all ages, and we know how to help children and anxious patients relax in the dental chair. When you regularly schedule your preventive appointments, you can enjoy good oral health for many years.

Why Are Dental Cleanings Important?

Allowed to proliferate, oral bacteria can have devastating effects for your oral health. When you eat, sugar and starch molecules will cling to your teeth, forming sticky plaque and hard tartar. Sugar is the main source of energy for bacteria. Therefore, plaque and tartar will provide them with a constant food source. When they feed, the microbes will create acids, which will start to erode your dental enamel. As the layer of protective tissue wears off, bacteria will have access to the softer tissues below. Microbes and acid will continue to eat away at your teeth, and a cavity will develop. Eventually, the bacteria could even reach the soft pulp inside your teeth, leading to dental infection. In addition, you could develop gum disease. This condition arises when bacteria burrow into your soft tissues, forming pockets around your dental roots.

During a cleaning, your dentist will remove harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar. You can eliminate some bacteria by brushing and flossing at home. However, only a professional can get rid of these more stubborn substances.

Candidates for Dental Cleanings

Simply put, everyone needs dental cleanings. Even if you are missing all of your teeth and wear a full denture, you are still at risk for gum disease. Children should also visit the dentist regularly. In fact, sometimes, sometimes they are more prone to cavities than adults since they do not understand the importance of good dental care at home.

How Often Should You Have a Dental Cleaning?

You should visit the dentist for a cleaning and exam at least twice a year. After evaluating your oral health, we may suggest that you come to see us more often. For example, you may benefit from additional cleanings if you frequently get cavities or if you have gum disease. In these cases, you may want to come in three to four times a year.

What Will Happen during Your Cleaning?

During your cleaning, your hygienist will first use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from between your teeth and along your gum line. Each member of our team has skilled and gentle hands. As a result, your cleaning should not irritate your sensitive gums. Next, your hygienist will brush your teeth with an abrasive toothpaste and electric brush. This process will remove any residual tartar. Finally, your practitioner will floss your teeth. In some cases, he or she may also administer fluoride treatments to strengthen your dental enamel. This treatment can be especially beneficial for young children whose teeth are still developing.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

Dental cleanings are essential if you want to protect your beautiful smile and ongoing oral health. Contact Value Dental Centers Goodyear to schedule your routine visit.