Dental cleaning is the best possible way to avoid problems such as cavities, gum disease, dental pain, and other emergencies.
The absolute best dental care is preventative dental care. Dental cleaning is the best possible way to avoid problems such as cavities, gum disease, dental pain, and other emergencies. A consistent at-home oral hygiene routine, in collaboration with regular visits to see Northside Dental for examinations and dental cleanings every six months is an unbeatable combination in our prevention plan.
The staff at Northside Dental has an office philosophy and that is to treat you as a person first, as a patient second. We acknowledge and prioritize your time, your comfort, any dental anxiety issues you might have, your budget, and your lifestyle. We will collaborate in developing and implementing your personalized dental treatment plan. We believe we are part of your health team as we focus on your oral health program. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning evaluation or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.
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Examination and Cleaning
What are Regular Dental Cleanings?
Regular professional dental cleanings always follow a comprehensive oral exam or a regular evaluation. Once we have completed your exam, unless we have diagnosed gum disease, either our dentist or hygienist will perform a regular dental cleaning, or a prophylaxis. If you do have gum disease, your team at Northside Dental will recommend a deep cleaning to treat the issue and allow your mouth to heal.
During the first part of your regular dental cleaning, we will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove any debris, calculus, and plaque from the surface of each tooth and between your teeth and around your gum line. If you experience any sensitivity, please let us know, so we can adjust the settings to make you more comfortable. If needed, we can use a hand scaler as well.
When this part of the dental cleaning is finished, another team member may follow up with a dental polishing using a special paste and will polish each tooth. Finally, we will floss your teeth using dental floss, and then make any beneficial recommendations or suggestions about improving your flossing technique.
Just like that your dental cleaning is completed. When we are finished, one of our team members may follow up with you about any suggested treatment the doctor has recommended, and then we will make any necessary follow up appointments.
Perfecting your At-Home Oral Hygiene
During your teeth cleaning and examination, we will take the opportunity to discuss ways that you can keep your teeth and gums healthy at home. At Northside Dental, we strongly believe that preventative dental care must begin at home with good oral hygiene habits. We will recommend that you use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day, two minutes each time, and to use fluoride toothpaste. This will remove the ever-present harmful sugars and bacteria from your teeth daily and the fluoride will help to strengthen them by replacing lost minerals in your enamel. You will also benefit from the daily flossing by removing the food particles and bacteria from between your teeth. Following up with an antibacterial mouthwash will also help to kill any remaining germs.
Your diet is also important to your oral health. Try to drink as much water as possible and eat a balanced diet that contains lean protein, dairy products, green vegetables, and complex carbs so that your body gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Dental Cleanings for Adults
Northside Dental will recommend that you receive a professional, dental teeth cleanings at least twice a year. Good oral health is important regardless of your age. As we age, our risk for an oral infection continues to increase. As we age the more the hard, protective enamel that is the outside shell of the tooth begins to wear away, and it makes it even easier to get a cavity. The best way to prevent this from happening is by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day and to always see us at Northside Dental twice a year. We will offer you flexible appointment times such that you are able to schedule an appointment around your work obligations or family commitments, making it easy to get a good teeth cleaning and keeping them clean.
Dental Cleanings for Children
At Northside Dental, we recommend that you bring in your children for oral exams and cleanings beginning at 12 months, and then every 6 months after that. Bringing in your child at an early age and regularly is an important way to establish both your child’s confidence and comfort with us during these regular dental visits and create a positive relationship with the family at Northside Dental.
What is Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing)?
After your oral evaluation or check-up, we may need to recommend a procedure called a scaling and root planing in one or more quarters of your mouth, to address the issue with gum disease we have identified. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is quite common in adults, and is caused by bacteria that has collected under the gum line, causing irritation and inflammation. Studies confirm that over half of the adults in the United States over the age of 30 have had some stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which can cause bone loss and even tooth loss.
Your Comfort and Your Care
Preventive dental care for you is an important part of the Northside Dental difference. We understand how difficult and inconvenient it often is to visit the dentist. Therefore, we do our best to schedule your appointments when it is most convenient for you. Our entire staff works diligently to ensure your appointment goes both quickly and smoothly. Our team goal is to be considered your family dentist. We embrace the opportunity to help you and your family maintain your oral health. As we welcome you into our clinic, we want you to feel at home. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment for possible dental cleaning or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.