How Long After a Teeth Cleaning Can I Eat?

Most people know that brushing twice per day and flossing regularly is essential for healthy teeth and gums. However, many forget the importance of visiting the dentist for professional teeth cleanings. As children we were often urged to make a dental appointment six months in advance to make certain our teeth were cleaned twice a year. Those with very responsible parents found that they were required to visit the dentist every six months. Others took the responsibility upon themselves to avoid cavities or any type of pain.

By making it a priority to visit your dentist every six months or so for a professional teeth cleaning, you can:

Tartar Removal

Although you can remove plaque by brushing your teeth, you can’t remove its hardened form. Fortunately, our team of dental professional have the tools and skills necessary to remove tartar in every area of your mouth.

Catch Diseases Early On

A dental hygienist and dentist can perform a thorough examination of your mouth and let you know whether you have any diseases or oral health issues early on. For instance, gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease can be treated with a dental cleaning. However, if it is not caught early, it can become worse and lead to gum disease.

Oral Cancer Screenings

River Run Dental Spa performs an oral cancer screening during every dental exam and professional teeth cleaning. If the disease is caught early, the chances of survival is high, making it imperative to get your mouth checked for this disease.


After your teeth cleaning has been completed, you may be asked whether you’d like fluoride. Fluoride is responsible for preventing tooth decay by defending your teeth against acid caused by plaque and sugars in your mouth.

In the event you do undergo fluoride treatment, you should wait at least 30 minutes after the cleaning before eating or drinking. This way, you can ensure the treatment takes full effect and the teeth have been able to absorb the fluoride. If you do not receive fluoride, you can eat and drink immediately after your cleaning.

Contact River Run Dental Spa

To schedule your professional dental cleaning, we encourage you to contact our Richmond, VA office today at (804) 262-1060.