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Importance of teeth cleanings Fairhope, AL Dentist

When was the last time you visited the dentist and had your teeth cleaned? If it has been longer than 6 months, then it is definitely time to make an appointment to get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist. At Dr. Phillip Greer's office, Sweet Water Dentistry, in Fairhope, AL, we offer a New Patient cleaning special for $59.99. This special includes X-rays, your dental cleaning, as well as an exam from Dr. Phillip Greer. Here's a little more information about dental cleanings, how they are done, and the importance of having a cleaning done twice annually. 

The point of getting your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist is to get rid of plaque and tartar that builds up on the surface of your teeth over time. Failure to remove this bacteria could result in gum disease, decay, or tooth loss. Good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing at least twice daily or after every meal along with using mouthwash are important to do at home in between getting your cleanings at the dentist. It is impossible to remove tartar at home, which is why you have to get it removed at the dentist. Cleanings are typically pain free, unless you need periodontal cleaning (cleaning underneath the gums) in which you will have to get numbed with local anesthesia. Visit our website for more information. 

Once all of the plaque or tartar is removed from your teeth, your teeth will be polished. Polishing paste, which is a gritty paste, is used on the teeth and removes surface stains and create a smooth clean surface on your teeth. Typically, when a cleaning is finished, your teeth will feel smoother and you will notice that your teeth look brighter than before you had them cleaned! If you need to get a dental cleaning, look no further than Sweet Water Dentistry! 

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