Dental Cleanings & Oral Hygiene

Dentist in Warren, NJ

Dental Cleanings & Oral Hygiene

Although these two conditions are largely preventable, dental decay (caries) and periodontal disease,  which is more commonly known as gum disease, represent the two biggest  threats to your oral health. As part of an effective program of  preventive care, thorough periodic cleanings at the dental office along with guidance in the best methods of brushing and flossing at home, play an essential role in warding off the development of  cavities as well as the onset and progress of periodontal disease.

A routine dental cleaning as performed by the dentist or dental hygienist involves the thorough  removal of any accumulated plaque and tartar from areas that your  toothbrush and floss have not reached. Since dental plaque harbors the  bacteria that are responsible for cavities and gum disease, its removal  prevents these disease processes from occurring. Following a dental  cleaning and polishing, which is performed to remove any superficial  stains from your teeth, your mouth will feel fresh and clean.

Checkup and cleaning visits also represent an important opportunity to educate  patients in the best oral hygiene homecare methods and routines to  maintain a healthy smile. Your dental team will carefully explain and  demonstrate proper techniques for brushing, flossing and other oral care  practices at your initial dental appointment and subsequent recall  visits.