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Dental Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know

October 26, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Christopher Kaplan

One thing has been constant from your first visit to the dentist: the dentist's dedication to ensuring you keep up with your routine oral care appointments. These appointments are more than just seeing your smiling face—we want to keep it that way! Routine dental cleanings are preventive care, and we believe it’s easier and better to prevent rather than to treat.

What Is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry aims to promote healthy habits, monitor your oral health, prevent new disease, and detect oral health problems in their early stages. Taking good care of your teeth starts early in childhood and continues throughout your life. Preventive dentistry is a collections of maintaining excellent oral health, staying current with regular dental checkups, and developing healthy dental habits.

What Is Included in a Dental Cleaning?

There's more to a dental cleaning than just a good scrubbing! We will also take a close look at your teeth and gums, checking for any signs of trouble. During a cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth, and tartar is plaque that has hardened onto the teeth. Our hygienist will use special instruments to remove the plaque and tartar. They will also polish and floss your teeth. Many patients find that dental cleanings leave their teeth feeling smooth and clean—and they actually look forward to them!

How Often Should I Get a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings are an important part of maintaining good oral health, but how often should you get one? The American Dental Association recommends that most people have a dental cleaning every six months. However, there are some factors that may affect how often you need a dental cleaning. For example, if you have a history of gum disease, we may recommend more frequent visits. Additionally, if you smoke or have diabetes, you may also be at higher risk for dental problems and may need to visit our office more often. Ultimately, the best way to determine how often you need a dental cleaning is to talk with us. We will assess your individual needs and make a recommendation based on your unique circumstances.

How Long Should a Dental Cleaning Take?

We’d love to give you a straightforward answer, but dental cleaning times are not one-size-fits-all. There are some variables that affect the time it may take for your dental cleaning. Typically, most dental cleanings take approximately 30 minutes. There are, however, some patients who may require more time based on the severity of their dental condition, such as gum disease. In addition, patients who have not been to the dentist in a while may also need a longer cleaning to remove all the plaque and tartar that has accumulated on their teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Cleanings

As anyone who has ever had a cavity or toothache can attest, taking care of your teeth is important. Not only does it help to keep your smile looking its best, but it also has an impact on your overall health. One of the best ways to take care of your teeth is to schedule regular dental cleanings.

During a cleaning, tartar and plaque are removed from the surfaces of your teeth, and any problem areas are identified. This helps to prevent the build-up of these substances, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Regular cleanings can also help to reduce bad breath, prevent tooth loss, and brighten your smile. And that sounds pretty beneficial to us!

Is Dental Cleaning at Randolph Dental Associates Affordable?

If you’ve been searching for a dentist near me and wondering if a dental cleaning at our office is affordable, the answer is yes!

When it comes to dental care, we believe that nothing should stand in your way. You should get the treatment you need, when you need it. We understand that financial considerations are important to everyone, and we will do our best to help you fit dentistry into your budget. We offer a variety of financing options, and we accept most insurance plans. If you have any questions about our pricing or payment options, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to help you get the dental care you need, and we’ll work with you to find a way to make it happen.

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