Howard County Smiles recommends that patients of all ages visit our Columbia, MD dentist office twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning as part of comprehensive disease prevention. A dental cleaning performed by our highly trained dental hygienists can offer thorough removal of plaque from all tooth surfaces, preventing tooth decay and the development of gum disease. While your teeth are being cleaned, it’s also a good opportunity for Dr. Ray Becker and his staff to screen for any signs of other problems such as gum disease or tooth decay.

Our office is family oriented offering dentistry for children as well as adults. We provide each of our patients with a friendly, personalized and gentle experience. If we see signs of instability, we can help you avoid bigger problems down the road with conservative treatment options and techniques to maintain your oral health at home.

Teeth Cleaning: What to Expect

Oral health for the new year, Ellicott City, MDOur highly trained and experienced dental hygienists at Howard County Smiles near Columbia, MD will perform a very thorough exam and teeth cleaning using a special set of tools designed just for this purpose. Our hygienist will help you feel relaxed and calm before treatment and will answer any questions you may have. First, the dental hygienist will do an oral examination to evaluate the health of your oral tissues.

The teeth cleaning will take place next using either an ultrasonic scaler or metal instruments referred to as curettes to remove the plaque and calculus from the tooth surfaces. Finally, your teeth are polished with a low-speed rotary brush fitted with a soft rubber tip. A slightly gritty, toothpaste-like gel is applied, and the tip spins around and polishes the teeth, making them smooth and shiny.

A professional teeth cleaning helps to eliminate disease-causing bacteria. Patients who receive bi-annual teeth cleanings enjoy cleaner, whiter, healthier smiles. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their cleaning and enjoy a fresh, clean feeling after treatment.

At home, brushing and flossing at least twice a day can help keep your teeth clean in between your professional cleanings. Our Columbia, MD dentist office staff can help patients of all ages learn practical techniques for brushing and flossing for improved oral health.

Why is Tooth Brushing Important?

The American Dental Association and Howard County Smiles recommend that their patients brush their teeth twice per day. Brushing twice per day and flossing once a day will help keep dental health problems like gum disease and tooth decay at bay between preventive care visits.

Using the right type of brush is also important! Be sure to use a soft bristled brush to avoid irritating your sensitive gum tissue. Many patients prefer an electric toothbrush: be sure that the head has soft bristles as well. Do not push too hard or the bristles don’t do their job as effectively.

Brush your teeth and along the gum line for approximately two minutes- twice per day. After one brushing, floss between the teeth to remove any food particles and plaque that can cause decay. Visit our dentist in Ellicott City twice per year for a thorough professional dental cleaning. This also gives us the opportunity to spot and treat any developing dental health problems.

These important oral hygiene steps will help to keep your smile clean and healthy for a lifetime!

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Becker

Looking for an Ellicott City, MD or Columbia, MD area dentist for your family? Dr. Becker is currently accepting new patients ages 3 and older. Call our office at 410.415.9013 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting the oral health needs of you and your family.