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Dental cleanings: An important part of preventive care for Louisville, CO patients

Who knows how far a bright smile, fresh breath, and a healthy mouth will take you in life? One thing is certain, though – regular dental cleanings at Boulder Valley Dental Center in Louisville, CO help you maintain those traits, and keep your natural teeth for life.

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How often should you schedule teeth cleaning?

Good oral hygiene starts with daily teeth cleaning at home – brushing after meals and flossing before bedtime. However, that is only one piece of the oral health puzzle. During a professional teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist sees tooth surfaces that are often missed with home care. The hygienist has special tools for plaque cleaning and tartar removal, deep cleaning teeth in a way you cannot accomplish at home. As your dentist, teeth cleaning is Dr. Hughes’ opportunity to inspect for signs of decay or damage that can be more easily addressed in the early stages.

She urges patients across the Broomfield, Boulder, and Lafayette area to schedule twice a year checkups. More frequent cleanings may be recommended for a person who is managing gum disease.

Do dental cleanings promote good health?

Routine dental cleanings and screenings are key to preventive dental care. They also benefit your overall health. The mouth-body connection is an important one that continues to be studied. The state of your dental health can directly affect your risk for many diseases or make existing disease more difficult to manage. This has been proven for both cardiovascular and systemic diseases such as diabetes, and studies have indicated a much wider impact from deteriorating oral health.

What is different about dental cleanings in Dr. Hughes’ care?

At Boulder Valley Dental Center, we want you to enjoy all the benefits of a clean smile:

  • Appearance
  • Confidence
  • Oral health
  • Overall vitality

Our individualized approach to dentistry focuses on patient education and disease prevention. Dr. Hughes is much more than a tartar removal dentist. She takes time to get to know you and understand your unique risk factors as they relate to the health of your smile. Lifestyle habits, medical conditions, medications, and genetics affect the health and function of your mouth. It is our goal to provide the highest standard of care that addresses all aspects of your occlusal system, from teeth to gums and jaw joints.

What can Louisville, CO patients expect during dental cleanings?

During your cleaning, our highly skilled and experienced dental hygienist gently but thoroughly cleans all surfaces of the teeth, using a professional fluoride polish. This treatment removes plaque from the teeth and along the gum line, combating tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Hughes and your hygienist also provide personalized tips for your unique oral health needs, and guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Most patients experience no discomfort during a dental cleaning. However, some people with dental anxiety find even gentle cleaning stressful. Are you one of them? Please do not let this keep you from scheduling a checkup. Dr. Hughes offers several calming sedation solutions to help you relax for the care you need. Just call 303-732-5388 to get back on the path to a healthy mouth.