Regular dental cleanings serve as the foundation for healthy teeth and gums that are free
from decay and abscesses. Dr. Borisson is an expert at offering gentle yet thorough dental
cleanings for her patients in the Palmdale, CA area.
Dental Cleaning Q & A
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?
During a cleaning, plaque and tartar build-up is removed from your teeth. Teeth cleanings
serve to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. In children, sealants are applied
to their molars as additional prevention of cavities. If Dr. Borisson suspects any
additional mouth problems, she may take X-rays or perform a gum tissue evaluation.
Typically, Dr. Borisson will also take this opportunity to check your bite, swallowing, and
chewing patterns as an additional screening for problems with your oral health. This is also
the perfect time to polish and clean any dentures or fillings you have.
If necessary, part of the appointment will also involve education on the proper way to brush
and floss. Dr. Borisson may also make recommendations on foods to avoid or include in your
diet to promote your overall oral health.
Why Are Dental Cleanings Necessary?
Dental cleanings lower your risk for developing issues by removing plaque and tartar build-up
from your teeth. The appointment also serves as an opportunity to identify any developing
problems such as gum disease and other oral health issues. If left undiagnosed and
untreated, these issues can lead to tooth loss, and harmful diseases such as dementia,
diabetes complications, and heart disease.
Gum disease and tooth infections lead to a weakened immune system which will increase the
risk for problems throughout the body.
How Often Is a Dental Cleaning Needed?
The Academy of General Dentistry recommends scheduling teeth cleaning every six months to
drastically improve your oral health.
However, for patients with gum disease or a history of tooth decay appointments should be
scheduled every three months so Dr. Borisson can ensure the disease is not progressing.