Schedule a back to school dental cleaning to help give your child a boost in her confidence before summer is over! Research has shown that a confident smile can increase self esteem and performance. Think you just don’t have time for this before summer is over? Think again! Most dental cleanings take only between 25 and 30 minutes. See how that time can give your kid the boost they need to start off their school year right!
How Important Is a First Impression?
According to Business Insider, studies show that it only takes 3 seconds for someone to determine if they like you and want to associate with you. You want that first impression to make a great impact, and that can happen simply with a smile! Studies show that when people smile, they give off a feeling of happiness and confidence. If their smile is well-cared for, it can give a person an astounding boost on their first impression.
A better smile is proven to help children, teens and adults feel more confident. When they smile, others will perceive them as more confident. If their smile is attractive, they will be seen as more attractive as well as wealthier, healthier and smarter. That can all happen within a few seconds with a first impression! You want to make that impression a good one by keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful with a dental cleaning.
Why a Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only between 25-30 minutes from start to finish. These cleanings are so important, in fact, that most insurance companies cover these appointments. Cleanings should be performed every 3-6 months to prevent excessive plaque buildup depending on your history of, and susceptibility to disease. When plaque is left untreated, or it builds up too much on the teeth, oral health diseases can quickly form.
Tooth decay is the major oral health disease that’s concerning. The National Institutes of Health reports that tooth decay—or “cavities”—is the most “chronic, prevalent disease” among children and adults. At least 92% of people have had cavities by the time they are adults. This decay leads to tooth loss, infections, problems with the gums and a smile that could even look diseased. It all starts with plaque, which is a simple mixture of your mouth bacteria and sugar that you eat. If that mixture stays on your teeth after meals and overnight, it will decay and erode your teeth because plaque is acidic. That leads to a smile that definitely will be noticeable, just not in the way you want!
When plaque sits along the gumline, the acidic nature of it also makes your gums red, irritated and easier to bleed. Those gums will try to pull away from your teeth to get away from plaque, which is why gum recession and tooth loss happens. If you keep up on your dental cleanings and exams, we can easily spot the signs of oral health diseases like tooth decay and gum disease and help you stop them before they affect your smile.
What Can You Expect?
A dental cleaning is actually quite simple and straightforward even though it has amazing benefits for your oral health. This service doesn’t require shots or drills or anything invasive. It only requires a tiny bit of your time! A routine dental cleaning should include scaling and polishing. They also include:
- Removing plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth with a scaling tool. Sometimes ultrasonic treatments are used for heavy buildup. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can successfully get tartar off your teeth.
- A full flossing treatment, that flosses in between every single tooth several times, scraping the teeth to remove excess plaque.
- Polishing the teeth using a slow-speed handpiece. This piece has a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Using a gritty toothpaste, we can buff and remove particles from your teeth, making them smooth.
- A fluoride treatment in foam or gel format. This comes at the end of your treatment, and fluoride will provide you with extra protection against tooth decay and harmful substances.
- A comprehensive examination done once the dental cleaning is over. This will check for biting, chewing and swallowing patterns and will include an oral cancer screening. X-rays are taken of the mouth to find tooth decay and abnormalities with bite or alignment.
New and advanced technology has led to modern dental cleaning methods using advanced tools such as ultrasonic and piezoelectric scalers. These sophisticated instruments allow dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both electric and manual scaling methods may be combined for dental cleanings.
Want a Bigger Boost?
If you want to go above and beyond a dental cleaning, there are other ways you can improve your child’s smile so they really wow on that first day of school. For teens and adults alike, there are teeth whitening services that can make a smile pop. That smile can make all the difference when it comes to kids making new friends and being approachable and confident on the first day. Once you have had your dental cleaning, see what a teeth whitening treatment can do for you or your child.
We have teeth whitening in-office that can get your teeth whiter if you are short on time. If you want to whiten your teeth comfortably at home, or your teen has a busy summer schedule, you can get custom-made trays to whiten over the course of 1-2 weeks. No matter if it’s simply a dental cleaning or a cosmetic treatment with teeth whitening, helping your child improve their smile can definitely help them have a leg-up when starting off a new school year. Call Niles Family Dentistry today at (720) 744-0001 for a consultation to learn more about the power of dental cleanings for you or your child!
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