The holidays seem to be one of the best times of the year! In fact, it is a time of gathering with friends and family both near and far and enjoying the time together. It may also be when you take that once-a-year family photo with all the generations included. It is also a time where you may want your smile looking its absolute best. Perhaps, you want those teeth feeling nice and clean before seeing the relatives or want those teeth to shine in the photos, regardless; receiving a teeth cleaning before the holidays can give you just that!

What goes on during a teeth cleaning?

During a routine cleaning, a dental hygienist will perform preventative services (the cleaning portion) and provide educational instructions for at-home oral hygiene, while the dentist will evaluate teeth for cavities or any potential dental problems.

Some of the preventative services may include (but are not limited to):

  • Removal of plaque and tartar
  • Stain removal
  • Fluoride application
  • Polishing teeth, including fillings and crowns
  • Cleaning and adjustment of dentures and partial dentures
  • Flossing teeth

Some educational instructions may include (but are not limited to):

  • Proper tooth brushing and flossing technique
  • Nutritional advice
  • Recommendations for future treatment or when to come return for a follow-up appointment
  • Tobacco use counseling

What are the benefits of clean teeth?

According to the ADA, in order to maintain optimal oral health, regular dental visits are recommended. This means that routine cleanings can help to optimize oral health. At-home hygiene care is important for minimizing the chances of gum disease, but with the help of a professional teeth cleaning, this can decrease the chances even more since dental hygienists have very fine tools that can get in-between areas of the teeth that floss or a toothbrush can’t reach. Furthermore, these tools enable the hygienist to remove plaque or tartar from these areas that may otherwise continue to build if not removed.

Contact Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Today

If you are in the Northern Virginia area looking for a dental office to receive a cleaning before the holidays, look no further than Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. At our office, our staff ensures that our patients are comfortable and well informed during each and every visit.

Please contact our office today in order to schedule your cleaning as soon as possible! We gladly welcome both new and returning patients.