Dental Cleaning An Overview
Baltimore-area family dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes offers comprehensive preventive dental care, including professional dental cleanings with a registered dental hygienist. We recommend that you visit us twice a year for an oral teeth cleaning and exam to keep your smile healthy and provide the opportunity to spot developing problems in the early stages.
A professional dental cleaning goes beyond what your at-home routine can accomplish, thoroughly removing tartar and plaque from all surfaces of the teeth to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Flossing is an essential part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing should be combined with brushing and rinsing for a complete oral hygiene routine. The goal of your oral hygiene routine is to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly.
Dentist in Baltimore MD, Dr. Byron Desbordes recommends that you incorporate flossing into your normal oral hygiene routine. Preventive dental care can help patients avoid complex dental problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Performing your normal oral hygiene routine is considered at-home preventive dental care.
Benefits of Flossing
- Flossing helps prevent plaque build-up. Flossing helps remove debris, food, and plaque from between the teeth. If left unaddressed, plaque will harden into tartar which can only be removed by a highly trained professional.
- Flossing helps reduce your risk of developing gum disease. If the bacteria in plaque reaches the gum line, patients may begin to show signs of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation and infection of the gums that can compromise the overall health of the teeth, gums, and jaw bone structure.
- Flossing helps prevent bad breath. When food and debris are not removed, it can cause bad breath. Daily flossing can help keep the breath fresh and remove debris from between the teeth.
- Flossing completes your oral hygiene routine. Brushing alone is not enough to clean the teeth. Flossing helps remove plaque and debris that brushing cannot reach.
I appreciate the fact that Dr. Desbordes always explains everything in detail so that I know the procedure that is about to be performed and the reasons why before he does so. The quality of his work is of the…Rose W.
Excellent and outstanding professional dental care. Dr. Desbordes has an excellent staff who is polite, compassionate and professional. I would highly recommend this Dentist. Dr. Desbordes is a caring professional doctor. He's patient and takes time with his clients.Eunice J.
The Office is always helpful and supportive. It is like a family and everyone is friendly. My husband, who has always been afraid of going to the Dentist is even comfortable here. I would recommend Dr. Desbordes and his office…Robin C.
Dental Cleaning What to Expect
During your teeth cleaning, we will gently scrape any plaque that has built up along the gum line and then polish the teeth with fluoride toothpaste. We will complete the process by flossing the teeth and showing you how to brush and floss at home effectively.
Your dental hygienist will offer personalized advice for taking care of your smile between visits, especially if you are at an increased risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay.
Patient education is an important part of a dental cleaning. We want to ensure that you have essential information for taking care of your smile at home, too. If you’re susceptible to particular dental problems, we may recommend special products to help combat these issues. For instance, some toothpastes and mouthwashes are specifically designed to help with gum health.
Lifestyle habits play into your oral health, too. Smoking or chewing tobacco has detrimental impacts on the health of your mouth. Not only does it cause tooth discoloration, but smokers are more likely to have receding gums, gum disease, or oral cancer. We’ll make sure you know the effects that your lifestyle habits may have on your smile.
A well-balanced diet can benefit your oral health immensely. If you have a diet that’s too high in sugars or starches, you’re at higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential, especially fibrous ones. They keep your mouth hydrated and increase saliva production. You have to chew a lot to break down these fruits and vegetables, and they help clean debris from between your teeth.