Dental Cleanings

Ted Thomas, DMD -  - General Dentistry

White Oak Dental

Ted Thomas, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Silver Spring, MD

Keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth strong is an important part of your overall well-being. In fact, one of the most important aspects for promoting oral health is by getting regular dental cleanings. Cleanings at White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, in Silver Spring, Maryland, are comprehensive, giving the team the opportunity to evaluate your teeth, gums, and mouth to give you the best possible smile and identify any issues that may threaten your health. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book your dental cleaning online.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning includes an examination of your oral health. Your dental hygienist evaluates the health of your mouth with a physical exam and X-rays, in some cases. The hygienist cleans your teeth and performs additional treatments, like a fluoride rinse to enhance the strength of your teeth.

At your appointment, Dr. Thomas checks your teeth for signs of cavities and other symptoms of decay. Your dental cleaning includes removing plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to decay and gum disease if left untreated. Professional flossing helps remove buildup between teeth and under your gum line.

If you need additional dental treatments, Dr. Thomas may recommend more X-rays or diagnostic tests. Cavities can be treated with fillings, and more advanced decay may necessitate restorative dentistry like crowns or even dental implants to replace damaged teeth.

How often should I go to the dentist?

According to the American Dental Association, adults and children should visit the dentist for a dental cleaning twice a year. People with orthodontic braces and those who are at risk for oral health conditions may need more frequent appointments. Routine visits to the dentist are important even for people who wear dentures to monitor gum and jaw health.

Babies generally get their first teeth at around six months old, and they should get their first dental check-up shortly after. Baby teeth fall out when children are between 6-12 years old, and they’re replaced by permanent, adult teeth. Establishing strong oral health habits early is important for kids and benefits them throughout their lives.

Between dental cleanings, it’s important that patients make oral hygiene a priority at home. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Certain lifestyle choices, such as not smoking and avoiding sugary foods and drinks, can also protect the health of your teeth.

Why are regular dental cleanings important?

Dr. Thomas and his team are equipped with the knowledge and tools to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Plaque and tartar buildup are the leading cause of decay, which can lead to problems like tooth sensitivity, toothache, and tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings give the team the opportunity to identify and treat potential issues early on.

Did you know that nearly half of all adults over the age of 30 have gum disease, or periodontitis? Fortunately, this disease is treatable and reversible when detected early. But if left unchecked, gum disease can cause tooth loss.

Dental cleanings improve your oral health and reduce your risk of complications from gum disease or tooth decay. The right treatment can even stop damage by strengthening teeth and enhancing mouth function.

Dental cleanings are a critical part of your health care routine. Trust your teeth to the experts at White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD. Schedule your dental cleaning by phone or book your appointment online today.