Are Professional Cleanings Really Necessary?

12th September 2017

Yes. Yes they are.

Sure, you could brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a day after each meal, you could floss twice a day and you could abstain from sugar, coffee, wine and smoking. These things will improve the overall health of your smile – but even if you followed every recommendation made by your dentist at home, you will still need to schedule regular professional cleanings.

Professional cleanings are not just vital for your oral hygiene, they give us a chance to thoroughly examine the mouth and investigate any potential problems. Hygienists are trained to detect potential dental issues and can advise your dentist of these issues during/after your cleaning so they can be treated before they become serious.

That being said, they are also vital for your oral hygiene. No matter how good your dental hygiene habits are, food particles and plaque will still be present. Plaque builds up to form tartar – a layer of hardened plaque on the tooth surface. This tartar can only be removed by special tools and someone trained to use them – a dental hygienist.

So yes, having a good cleaning regime is important for your dental health and including regular professional cleanings in this regime is vital to the overall health and wellness of your smile. Give us a call if you have any questions about dental hygiene, our friendly staff are happy to help. Our dental practice in sea point is equipped with the latest in dental technology, even our cleanings are done using top of the line equipment.

Dr. Clifford Yudelman (Primary Dentist)

Dr Clifford Yudelman is the Founder of OptiSmile Advanced Dentistry and Implant Centre. The son of a retired dentist, he was born in South Africa and obtained his Degree at the University of Witwatersrand, Dental School in 1983. He gained further experience in London for 4 years whilst studying for his USA National and State Board Exams for California. In 1986 Dr Yudelman passed the final exams with the University of Southern California Dental Graduates. He moved to California and practiced in San Diego for 16 years. He was also licenced to practice in Australia and New Zealand. In 2002, Dr Yudelman moved to Perth Australia and started a practice in Nedlands. After 12 years in Perth, he reunited with his high school sweetheart and relocated back to South Africa. Once in Cape Town, he recognised the need for a state of the art multi-specialist practice. In October 2015, OptiSmile was born with state of the art equipment, modern architecture, bright, relaxing sea views in a calming and inviting environment. His focus has been on forming a team of highly trained and experienced professionals to deliver premium and exceptional dental care. OptiSmile’s primary purpose is to help you optimise your dental health and allow you to smile with confidence.

Dr Yudelman now resides in Sea Point with Robyn and 3 beautiful teenage kids. He loves photography, cycling and physical fitness.

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