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Crawfordsville Hometown Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Professional Teeth Cleanings

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As your Crawfordsville dentist, we are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures.

These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care. You can also learn more about us on our business page, and make sure to check the map for directions before your visit.

Professional Teeth Cleanings

Here at Crawfordsville Hometown Dental, we know life is busy. Fitting dental appointments into your schedule is challenging, but proper oral hygiene is difficult to maintain by yourself. Brushing and flossing will prevent most oral hygiene problems, but not all. 


Scheduling a teeth cleaning with us twice a year is highly recommended to maintain optimal oral health and catch problems before they become painful and costly. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized quality dental care because your smile is our top priority.


Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, and floss once daily. These are the most effective ways to remove plaque buildup between the teeth and below the gum line. Regular teeth cleanings and checkups at your local dentist also support proper oral and dental hygiene, especially when combined with fluoride treatment. Maintain a well-balanced diet low in sugary or starchy foods and acidic beverages to minimize acid-producing bacteria that attack your tooth enamel.


Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, is from plaque and bacteria buildup in a patient's mouth over time. If this buildup is not brushed and flossed away, it will eventually lead to gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, medications, and genetics. 


Advanced forms of gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss and significantly affect overall health. Drs. Clark and Knuth recommend always brushing and flossing daily and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best way to fight gum disease and decay. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:


  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and loss of teeth

It's crucial to schedule biannual cleanings here at Crawfordsville Hometown Dental. Our dentists recommend visiting the practice twice yearly because many dental problems don't initially show symptoms. 


We can identify problems, but we can also help keep your smile looking bright and fantastic. We know how important it is to have confidence in your smile. For this reason, we offer many cosmetic dental services like teeth whitening to help improve the aesthetics of your smile.


Biannual dental cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. When you visit our state-of-the-art dental office, an appointment will include the following:


  • A complete oral examination.
  • Oral cancer exam.
  • Professional x-rays to catch cavities.
  • Thorough cleaning by our excellent hygienists.


After your professional cleaning to remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth, Drs. Clark and Knuth coordinate with your hygienist and recommend comprehensive dental care treatment for any problems. We can also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.


Our dentists recommend changing toothbrushes at least every three months. If using an electric toothbrush, check the brand's recommendation because you may not have to change the brush heads as often. 


We recommend changing your brush more often than every three months for patients with gum disease. Also, after brushing, please wash and rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and bacteria.

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