Dental Health Diagnosis Specialist

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentist located in South King County, Des Moines, WA

Regular teeth cleanings are a critical step in maintaining good oral health. Despite some beliefs that routine cleanings are unnecessary, research shows that frequent cleanings lead to better health outcomes. If you live in Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, or the surrounding area, trust Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry team to help maintain your oral health.

Dental Health Diagnosis Q & A

What happens at a teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleaning is a preventive procedure to remove tartar, which is mineralized plaque, that develops even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine tooth brushing.

A skilled dental hygienist often does the cleaning. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various tools to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. The hygienist also flosses your teeth as part of the procedure.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

The dental hygienists at Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during treatment of dental disorders. You should schedule a dental exam with Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team at least once a year, if not at each cleaning.

Smokers, people with gum disease, pregnant women, patients with diabetes, and people with weak immune systems benefit from a cleaning and oral checkup every 3-4 months.

Even if you have excellent oral hygiene, you still benefit from regular dental visits. The dentists and hygienists at Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can watch for early signs of tooth decay, oral cancer, or gum disease and take steps to halt the progression of any disease.

How should I care for my teeth at home?

Between professional dental cleanings, good oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities, tartar buildup, and gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily prevents food particles from lodging between teeth and causing decay.

Why is oral health so important?

Your oral health can affect your whole body. Bacteria from gum disease can infiltrate your system and contribute to health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Even if you have a small problem with your teeth, it’s important to get a checkup to avoid extensive dental work later on. Contact Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry between your regular visits to keep decay or pain from escalating.


Welcome, New Patients!

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is happily accepting new patients in the South King County area. We treat patients from Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and SeaTac, WA. Schedule your new patient consultation with our office today!