CLEANING & PREVENTION

Keeping a regular preventative maintenance schedule with your hygienist and Vital Dental helps you prevent not only tooth decay and periodontal disease but also avoid costly procedures and extra time in the hygiene chair.

A regular home prevention routine usually consists of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once per day. But did you know there are other tools to make taking care of your mouth a little easier? Depending on your needs, there is special toothpaste, rinses, and even flossing aids that can help you keep your smile bright and healthy for years to come. Vital Dental can help you find the best tools to enhance your daily hygiene routine making your professional cleaning appointments shorter and less stressful.

Another significant factor in your oral health is your diet. Acidic foods and drinks can erode enamel just as a balanced diet can help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Regular professional exams and cleanings, a dedicated at-home hygiene routine, and a healthy, balanced diet can help prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.

Sealants

Oral Cancer Screening

At each visit, our team does a medical history update and reviews any changes (even subtle ones). Even the smallest change in the soft tissues of your mouth will be examined closely. Early detection of oral cancer saves many lives each year, and our team is highly trained to detect even smallest abnormality.

Home Care

While excellent oral health is a partnership between you and our team, we depend on you to make sure your teeth and gums stay strong and healthy between appointments. Together we can create an individual plan with the latest tools and knowledge to help protect your smile.

home care
Teeth cleaning

Teeth Cleaning

Who doesn’t love that freshly polished feel of your teeth after a cleaning? Our highly-trained, compassionate registered dental hygienists do more than just polish your teeth. They remove plaque, tartar buildup, probe your gums for signs of periodontal disease, and much more!

Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. When left untreated, you can expect receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. A targeted, strategic cleaning schedule and a precise at-home regimen can help keep this chronic condition under control.

Periodontal therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is regular dental cleaning important?

Regular dental cleaning is crucial to remove plaque and tartar buildup, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps maintain optimal oral health and prevents more serious dental issues.

How often should I schedule a dental cleaning?

It is generally recommended to have a professional dental cleaning every six months. However, your dentist may suggest more frequent cleanings based on your individual oral health needs.

What happens during a dental cleaning appointment?

During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar, polish your teeth, and provide a thorough examination. The dentist may also check for signs of oral health issues.

Does dental cleaning hurt?

Dental cleanings are typically not painful. Some people may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity, but the process is generally well-tolerated. If you are anxious, you can discuss this with your dentist beforehand.

Can dental cleaning prevent bad breath?

Yes, regular dental cleanings can help prevent bad breath by removing bacteria that contribute to odor. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices at home is also essential for fresh breath.

Are dental X-rays necessary during a cleaning appointment?

Dental X-rays may be recommended periodically to detect issues not visible during a regular examination. Your dentist will determine the frequency based on your oral health history and specific needs.

How can I maintain good oral health between cleanings?

Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Limit sugary foods and drinks, and schedule regular dental check-ups for preventive care.

What is the role of fluoride in dental cleaning and prevention?

Fluoride is often applied during dental cleanings to strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments or fluoride toothpaste for home use.

Are children and adults advised to follow the same dental cleaning routine?

While the basic principles are the same, the dental cleaning routine may vary for children and adults. Children may need additional preventive treatments like sealants, and their oral health needs are often different.

What are the signs that indicate the need for an emergency dental cleaning?

Severe toothache, swollen gums, persistent bad breath, or sudden sensitivity may indicate the need for an emergency dental cleaning. Contact your dentist promptly if you experience any of these symptoms.

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