Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, PC
Bob Davidson, DDS
General Dentist located in Elburn, IL
Regular dental cleanings are one of the easiest ways to protect your teeth and gums from potentially serious issues. At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, PC, experienced dentist Bob Davidson, DDS, PC, offers dental cleanings to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Elburn, Illinois, call the office to speak with a caring staff member or click the online booking tool today.
Dental Cleanings Q&A
What are dental cleanings?
A dental cleaning is a routine procedure that removes plaque from beneath your gums and from around the base of your teeth. It’s a quick and effective way to reduce the risk of potentially serious issues, including tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental cleanings also present a chance to ask questions, discuss unusual symptoms, and build a relationship with Dr. Davidson.
What do dental cleanings involve?
Dr. Davidson tailors dental cleanings to meet each individual’s needs.
Step one - Oral exam
Before cleaning your teeth, Dr. Davidson uses a mirror to observe all aspects of your mouth. If he notices anything unusual, like tooth decay or an oral abscess, he orders additional testing.
Step two - Dental X-rays
Dental X-rays use digital sensors and safe amounts of radiation to take photos of your jaw, tooth roots, and alveolar bone. X-rays allow Dr. Davidson to catch potentially serious issues not visible to the naked eye.
Step three - Removal of plaque and tartar
Following an oral exam and X-rays, Dr. Davidson uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Removing plaque and tartar reduces the buildup of harmful bacteria, ensuring your enamel and gum tissue remains healthy and problem-free.
Step four - Polishing and flossing
After cleaning your teeth, Dr. Davidson polishes them with gritty toothpaste and flosses them. The toothpaste’s abrasive nature cuts through stains, making your teeth appear whiter and more aesthetically pleasing.
Step five - Fluoride treatment
If you regularly experience cavities, Dr. Davidson might recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral found in most public water sources and many foods. When applied to your teeth, it supports the enamel, reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Do I need a dental cleaning more than once a year?
Yes. Dr. Davidson recommends scheduling a professional dental cleaning at least two times a year. That’s because many potentially serious issues, including gum recession, cavities, and bone decay present few obvious symptoms. Regular visits to Dr. Davidson can alert you early on and prevent them from worsening.
To learn more about dental cleanings, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Bob Davidson, DDS, P.C., by calling the office to speak with a caring staff member or by clicking the online booking tool today.
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