Almost anything you can think of can be boiled down to the basics.
Football comes down to blocking and tackling. To use a more general example, our personal fitness comes down to what we eat and whether or not we exercise.
In oral care, the basics include three things: brushing your teeth, flossing your teeth, and having regular professional dental cleanings and exams. At Galleria of Smiles, we can answer your questions about brushing and flossing, and our dental professionals will gladly clean and examine your mouth.
Yes, You Need A Professional Dental Cleaning
You may be thinking that you brush your teeth every day, and you floss your teeth most days. Why should you schedule a professional dental cleaning?
Let’s consider the American Dental Association guidelines. Let’s assume that you brush and floss your teeth exactly like you should.
That means brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes every time. That means scrubbing your teeth on all sides every time. That means brushing your tongue as well.
This also means cleaning between your teeth every day. That could mean using dental floss, flossers, or water flossers.
The problem is that we are all human. We’ve all have days when we didn’t feel like flossing, when maybe you didn’t brush your teeth as well as you should have. As a result, you may have places where plaque or tartar have formed on in your mouth.
During a professional dental cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar build-up. This will greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Plus, they will include a dental polish so your smile can look its best.
Your Dental Exam Is Equally Important
When you visit Galleria of Smiles for a dental cleaning, our goal is to nip potential problems in the bud. Your dental exam is part of how we find problems early.
We are always looking for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. We know that early treatment is much easier to handle (both physically and financially), which is why we want to identify those kinds of problems as early as we can.
But we aren’t just looking for cavities and bleeding gums. We also look for changes in the alignment or development of our patients’ teeth using our digital and 3D X-rays.
And we also check for any potential symptoms of oral cancer. We do this with a VELscope, a device that helps us find possible areas of concern much earlier than we could with our eyes alone.
Frankly, we hope that we never see symptoms of oral cancer. At the same time, we know that early detection makes it much more likely that your treatment will have long-term benefits.
Visiting Us Is One Of The Best Things You Can For Your Oral Health
No matter what, you should continue to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis. It is just as important to visit a dental professional a couple times per year for a routine oral care.
We hope you will visit us for your cleanings if you live in or near Sand Springs, OK. Our team has decades of experience helping patients keep their mouths healthy. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you.