Dental Cleaning: FSA Eligibility
What is a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is the most common dental service that is performed at dental practices and is a form of preventive care that can help prevent the development of gum disease, cavities and tooth loss in the future. While each patient’s dental history is unique and may necessitate additional visits, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults have their teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist at least once per year (ADA).
What happens during a dental cleaning?
A teeth cleaning first consists of a physical examination of the patient’s mouth to spot any signs of gingivitis, cavities and other dental issues that could require medical attention. Depending on the frequency of the patient’s dental visits, the hygienist may also choose to perform x-rays on the teeth and jaw areas to inspect for any irregularities.
The next and most important step will require the dental hygienist to physically remove plaque and other particulates from the patient’s teeth using physical scrapers or in some cases, high-pressure water tools that blast away plaque from the surfaces of teeth.After all plaque has been removed from teeth, the hygienist will brush the teeth with an abrasive toothpaste that is used to remove any lingering bits of plaque and to polish the teeth as well. Cleanings are typically followed up with a fluoride treatment, which is used as a protective treatment to prevent the formation of cavities for months after the treatment (Healthline).