Dental Dimensions
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Why You Need a Dental Cleaning

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Dental cleanings are preventative maintenance for your teeth and gums. In other words, brushing and flossing twice per day is not enough to tackle the stronger bacteria and tartar that builds up between teeth and below the gum line over time.

Additionally, your toothbrush and dental floss will usually miss several hard to reach areas, which can lead to cavities or dental infections.  

At Dental Dimensions, our hygienist is also able to spot potential issues during your teeth cleaning and alert the dentist.

When to Get a Dental Cleaning

The American Dental Association recommends dental cleanings every six months, and our St. Petersburg dentist agrees with this recommendation.

It has been our experience that patients who schedule and keep their dental cleaning appointments have fewer adult cavities.

Aside from cavities, dental cleanings combat:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Dental infections
  • Tooth loss

Your first dental cleaning of the year should fall shortly after the holidays. Often we indulge in sweets and other goodies that are not good for teeth during this time of year. A January or February cleaning is ideal.

This means that your next dental cleaning will fall during the summer months, another time of year when we tend to indulge in soft drinks or ice cream to cool off.

What to Expect

Our hygienist relies on precision instruments to clean your teeth thoroughly and effectively. Often a fluoride rinse is applied to strengthen your teeth, which helps fight off cavities and breakage.

Following your appointment, which is painless and non-invasive, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your teeth are exceptionally clean.

Contact Our Dental Office

The staff at our St. Petersburg dental office can answer any questions that you may have. Our hygienist is also available during your appointment to offer practical brushing or flossing techniques to use at home.

If you have not scheduled an appointment for your six-month dental cleaning, contact Dental Dimensions today.