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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Park

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Doctors

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Office

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Large Family

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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How Dental Cleanings Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

January 9, 2021
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Posted By: Oak Family Dental
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Good dental care is more than simply brushing your teeth and flossing daily. For effective long-term dental care, we recommend that you have professional dental cleanings twice a year. Taking a proactive approach to your dental care can prevent and treat oral infection and disease. With bi-annual dental appointments at Oak Family Dental, you can achieve a cleaner, healthier smile. 

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

A licensed dental hygienist uses special tools and techniques to clean your teeth and prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.  During a dental cleaning at Oak Family Dental, the dental hygienist carefully and effectively removes plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth.  Once your teeth are fully polished, the dental hygienist will gently floss your teeth to remove accumulated plaque and any debris.  After your professional cleaning in our comfortable Metairie, LA office, you will have a thorough oral examination.  The examination will help your dentist identify any potential issues so our team can treat and prevent further problems. 

Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings 

Dental cleanings are crucial for detecting the early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay.  Routine dental cleanings also keep your teeth clean and healthy.  Here are some of the benefits of dental cleanings:

Prevents Cavities 

The leading cause of tooth decay is plaque, an acidic bacterium that ruins enamel and causes tooth decay.  If not regularly removed, plaque dissolves the tooth’s enamel and created tiny holes called cavities.  Once plaque mineralizes into a hard, discolored deposit known as tartar, it becomes even more difficult for an ordinary toothbrush to remove.  Because tartar tightly adheres to the teeth, it can lead to gum disease and various other dental issues. 

Thoroughly Removes Plaque and Tartar 

Daily brushing and flossing are integral to your dental health, but a dental hygienist cleans the spots you can’t reach yourself.  Professional teeth cleaning tools are highly effective for removing disease-causing hardened plaque, tartar, and other bacteria.  The accumulation of plaque can lead to gum disease and painful tooth loss. 

Detects Early Stages of Gum Disease 

Gum health directly equates to tooth health.  Inflamed or infected gums can cause serious issues with your teeth.  Dental cleanings allow your hygienist to identify any possible signs of gum disease.  The earlier gum disease is detected, the more easily it can be to treat it, reverse it, or prevent it from escalating. 

Schedule a Dental Cleaning with Oak Family Dental in Metairie, LA  

Oak Family Dental provides comprehensive dental cleanings in a comfortable, stress-free environment.  Our team of dentists and dental hygienists looks forward to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.  To schedule a dental cleaning at Oak Family Dental, please call us at (504) 834-6410. 

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