At the root of every beautiful smile, is a healthy oral foundation. Bi-annual teeth cleanings are a part of a good dental hygiene routine and can help patients avoid the development of advanced dental health concerns. Dr. Cappy Sinclair with Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive oral health exams and professional dental cleanings for our patients of all ages from Norfolk, VA.
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
A professional teeth cleaning is an important part of your preventive care routine and can play a role in the longevity of your natural smile. While good oral hygiene at home is important, your dental hygienist can reach tooth surfaces that are often missed with daily tooth brushing. While cleaning your teeth, we look for any signs of decay or damage that can be more easily addressed in the early stages. If problems do exist, we may recommend additional visits in order to maintain optimal dental health. Dental cleanings contribute to protecting the longevity of the teeth and gums. Keeping your smile clean and healthy benefits both your oral and overall health.
Dental cleanings can help prevent:
- Chronic Halitosis
- Gum disease
- Tooth Decay
- Tooth Loss
What To Expect At Your Teeth Cleaning
During your routine dentist appointments, our entire staff is focused on you and your needs. We go out of our way to make sure you feel comfortable and confident about your treatment. One of our highly trained dental hygienist will clean your teeth.
To begin the treatment, your hygienist will gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line using specialized dental tools. These special tools are needed because they allow the hygienist to reach places along your gum line and in between your teeth where tooth brushes cannot. The hygienist will then polish your teeth, removing stains and any plaque left behind.
Dr. Sinclair will screen for cavities, gum disease, TMJ disorders and oral cancer once the hygienist has completed your dental cleaning. If he discovers any dental problems, you may need to return for additional treatments such as intensive gum disease treatment. For this, Dr. Sinclair is proud to offer laser dentistry. The Waterlase dental laser enables Dr. Sinclair to treat and repair damaged or diseased gum tissue that may have previously required oral surgery.
In addition to cleaning your teeth and screening for dental problems, we may also take x-rays when needed to see if there are problems below the surface of your mouth. We may also demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and educate on other important healthy habits.
Preventing Tooth Decay in Children
As a family dentist, Dr. Sinclair treats young patients starting at the age of four. Our focus is on preventive dental care and early detection of dental diseases. Bringing your child in for these early visits is crucial to preventing tooth decay, one of the most common problems among pediatric patients. Your child will need bi-annual teeth cleanings just like you so it’s very important to establish this habit early on in life. Just like in adults, dental cleanings are one of the most important defenses against tooth cavities and other dental problems.