A cleaning is such a routine procedure that many people underestimate its importance. Without regular cleanings, your smile becomes susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Richardson dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, answers common questions about the importance of dental cleanings.

Dental Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions

Question: When should I schedule a cleaning?

Answer: The American Dental Association recommends people undergo a cleaning once every six months. Cleanings allow your Richardson TX general dentist to keep your smile beautiful and bright.

Question: Will a cleaning brighten my teeth?

Answer: Yes. During a cleaning, your teeth will be polished, removing plaque and minor discoloration.

Question: Do routine cleanings actually help prevent gum disease?

Answer: Yes. Using an ultrasonic scaler, our dental hygienists will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. A result of bacteria, plaque often causes gum inflammation, which increases the risk of gum disease.  If left untreated, periodontal disease may cause sore and red gums, gums that bleed easily, and eventually, tooth loss.

Question: What should I do to keep my smile stain-free and my breath fresh following a cleaning?

Answer: Remember to maintain regular dental habits. Always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash as well. These simple steps help cleanse your mouth of harmful bacteria and stray food particles. As a result, your breath stays fresh, your risk of teeth stains diminishes, and your smile remains free of gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Richardson TX General Dentist

Do you need to schedule a cleaning for you or a member of your family? Then talk to your Richardson TX general dentist today. Along with our dedicated hygienists, Dr. Truong will ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful with regular cleanings. Contact Dr. Truong, today by calling our Richardson office at 972-437-6000. Patients can also make an appointment with our West Dallas dentist office, near Cockrell Hill, Irving, and Grand Prairie at (214) 337-7800. At Viva Dental Family Dentistry, we offer our patients the latest in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.