Tartar, plaque that hardens on your teeth over time, is your teeth’s enemy. It’s the perfect host for the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. So you want to keep your teeth as free of tartar as possible. The best way of doing so is by scheduling regular dental cleanings.
Once plaque on your teeth hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by professional dental cleanings. Brushing and flossing just won’t do it. So we suggest visiting our St. Petersburg, FL dentist office two times a year for cleanings.
Dental cleanings are among the least invasive dental procedures, and Dr. Jeffery Spilman and the rest of our team always use a gentle touch. Still, cleanings can sometimes be uncomfortable, especially if you have sensitive teeth.
Frequency makes a difference. The more often you get dental cleanings, the more comfortable they will be. With less tartar to remove, there’ll be less scraping. That’s why we suggest two cleanings a year. If you need to schedule one, call 727-645-4727. In addition to maintaining a schedule of regular visits, here are a few more tips for comfortable cleanings.
Dull Sensation for Your Dental Cleanings
To make your dental cleanings more pleasant, we can offer you a pillow, blanket, and music you can listen to while we work. We’re also glad to apply a topical numbing agent before we begin your treatment.
In addition, you can:
- Brush at home with a desensitizing toothpaste. Try Sensodyne Pronamel or a similar product.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication. This can reduce inflammation that may occur following your cleaning. Take it about an hour before your appointment and again a few hours after your cleaning.
- Ask us about dental sedation. If your teeth are especially sensitive or cleanings make you anxious, we can give you safe dental sedation to further relax you.
Take Care of Your Teeth Between Cleanings
Good brushing and flossing habits make it less likely for tartar to build up. And remember, the less tartar we need to remove, the more comfortable your experience will be. Brush twice a day, for at least two minutes, and floss at least once a day.
Always use a brush with soft bristles, and don’t brush too hard as it makes your teeth more sensitive. If you apply a lot of pressure when brushing, you might want to use an electric toothbrush. It will do more of the work for you, and it works well for cleaning below your gumline, an area where tartar tends to collect.
Share Concerns With Your Dentist
If you’ve had less-than-positive experiences in the past or have other concerns, be sure to let us know. We’ll discuss any special needs you might have before your cleaning begins. It’s usually helpful to determine a signal you can use to let us know you’d like a break. Many patients raise their hand.
When you were a kid, you may have gotten some kind of a prize when your dental appointments went well. As an adult, you can give yourself a treat after dental cleanings. After your appointment go to a movie you want to see, meet a friend for lunch, or get yourself a favorite snack.
If you need a dental cleaning, call Jeffery Spilman, D.D.S. at 727-645-4727.