What are the different types of dental cleaning?

There are four different types of dental cleanings. The first one is the regular dental cleaning that most people are used to and get every six months. The second type of cleaning is a deep cleaning, which is done when someone has a lot more buildup of bacteria and debris in their gums. After a deep cleaning comes the third type of cleaning, a periodontal maintenance, which is necessary for people who've had a deep cleaning in the past. The fourth and last type of cleaning is a debridement, which we use when there's a lot of buildup around the teeth that needs to be removed for a comprehensive examination.

What is the importance of dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are extremely important for the health of your teeth, gums, bone, and overall body health. Regular cleanings can prevent gums from shrinking away and bone from receding, which can lead to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. Regular appointments also allow us to catch dental problems before they become severe.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

The average person needs a dental cleaning every six months. If you've got a history of gum issues or infection, we may recommend that you get a cleaning done three or four times a year.

Are dental cleanings painful?

No, dental cleanings are not painful. Hygienists use very precise tools to remove bacteria and debris without affecting your comfort. If needed, we can apply numbing cream to ease any sensitivity.

How long does a typical dental cleaning take?

A usual dental cleaning takes about 30 minutes. If you also need a checkup and x-rays, you should schedule 45 minutes to an hour for the appointment.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, the dental assistants will review your chart and medical history, take necessary x-rays, and then the hygienist will clean your teeth, removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and polish your teeth.

Are dental hygienists able to remove tartar from your teeth?

Yes, our dental hygienists are highly trained and able to remove all the tartar and plaque from your teeth during a routine cleaning.

Does dental cleaning damage your teeth?

No, dental cleaning does not damage your teeth. Our tools are designed to clean your teeth and gums without causing any harm.

How do I treat sensitive teeth after dental cleaning?

If your teeth are sensitive after a cleaning, we can apply a special desensitizing material to your teeth at the appointment and recommend a special toothpaste that will help ease the sensitivity.

How can I schedule a dental cleaning?

Scheduling a dental cleaning is easy. We have availability on weekdays, weekends, during the day, and even late into the evening. You can call us or reach out to us online to schedule your appointment.

If you're ready to schedule a cleaning and want healthy teeth and gums for life, please come in, get your cleaning done. Call us here at Preferred Dental Care. We'd love to see you soon.

What are the four types of dental cleanings?

There are four types of dental cleanings in total. The first type of dental cleaning is the routine dental cleaning, which is usually done every six months or two times a year. The second type is the deep cleaning, which is performed when there's a lot of tartar or plaque. The third type is the periodontal maintenance, which is done after a deep cleaning. The fourth and last type is the debridement, which is reserved for special cases.

What happens if the teeth are not cleaned regularly?

If the teeth are not cleaned regularly, the gums get damaged, and bacteria and food debris penetrate deeper into the gum. This leads to the bone around the teeth being damaged, causing the teeth, which are very solid, to become very loose.

Can regular dental cleaning improve dental health?

Regular dental cleanings are one of the most simple, cost-effective, pain-free ways to improve and maintain your dental health.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

Most people need their teeth cleaned every six months. However, if you have a history of gum issues, you may need to get your teeth cleaned three to four times a year.

How does a dentist do a deep cleaning?

A deep cleaning is done differently than a regular cleaning. It is usually done in two appointments where one half of the mouth is cleaned at a time. The area is numbed, often with a gel, sometimes with anesthetic. Then the dentist removes all the hard and soft bacterial attachments and food debris that's stuck to the teeth below the gum line.

Who does dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are performed to remove both plaque, which is the fuzzy, soft bacteria and food on your teeth, and tartar, which is what happens when the plaque is not removed.

Does dental cleaning make teeth whiter?

Dental cleanings can often make teeth whiter, even though they're not the main part of teeth whitening.

Do hygienist teeth cleanings hurt?

Some patients may be concerned about pain or sensitivity during a tooth cleaning, but our cleanings don't hurt. If you have a history of having some discomfort or sensitivity during cleanings, we also have specialized numbing gels that we can apply.

How can I schedule a teeth cleaning appointment?

Scheduling a teeth cleaning appointment at Preferred Dental Care is very simple. We offer appointments on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. You can give us a call at any of our offices or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

What is the difference between deep cleaning and routine cleaning?

A routine cleaning, which is done every six months, is typically for people who have been regularly visiting the dentist and have relatively healthy gums. The buildup of bacteria and food debris is mostly above the gums and can be cleaned in about 30 minutes. On the other hand, a deep cleaning is done when someone has a history of gum disease or hasn't had a routine cleaning for a long time. The gums may have become damaged and a deeper pocket may have formed between the gums and tooth where food and bacteria get stuck. The deep cleaning process involves going deeper into the gums to clean out the bacteria and food, and often takes two appointments of about 45 minutes each.

Why is dental deep cleaning necessary?

A dental deep cleaning is required when someone has gone a long time between cleanings or has a history of gum disease. It's necessary to clean out the deep part of the pockets formed by the detachment of gums from teeth due to food and bacteria buildup. This process helps keep the gums and bone healthy and allows them to reattach to the tooth.

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

You should not go any longer than six months without a dental cleaning. Waiting too long between dental cleanings can damage your gums and bone, which can lead to tooth loss. If you have a history of gum disease, you may need cleanings every three or four months instead of every six months.

What does a routine teeth cleaning appointment involve?

In a routine teeth cleaning appointment, the assistant will bring you in, sit you down, and check if there's anything going on with your teeth. They'll review your medical history and take a routine set of x-rays. The hygienist will then evaluate your mouth and use specialized tools to clean all areas of buildup. After flossing and polishing your teeth, the dentist will check your teeth for any potential issues. You will be sent home with a little goodie bag and your next cleaning appointment will be booked.

Is a dental cleaning painful?

Dental cleanings are generally comfortable. Our hygienists and staff are trained to be gentle yet thorough with their cleaning. If you have a history of sensitivity or pain during dental cleaning, we have specialized gels that can numb your gums during the cleaning appointment to ensure your comfort.

Why do my teeth feel weird after a cleaning?

If you're used to having a lot of buildup on your teeth, after a cleaning, you might feel like there are spaces between the teeth. This is normal and nothing to worry about as it will fill in with healthy gum tissue.

Do teeth cleanings treat cavities?

Teeth cleanings don't treat cavities but they are a crucial step in identifying cavities when they're small and easy to treat, preventing them from becoming major problems.

How much does a dental cleaning cost?

A dental cleaning can cost anywhere from $100 to $150. This is a worthy investment to prevent dental pain or issues that can cost much more in the future.

How can I keep my teeth clean after a cleaning?

After cleaning, to keep your teeth clean, brush twice a day, floss daily, and make sure you don't miss your routine cleaning appointments. Your hygienist or dentist may also recommend special toothpaste or mouthwash.

How can I schedule a dental cleaning?

Scheduling a dental cleaning appointment with us at Preferred Dental Care is easy. We have availability on weekdays, weekends, and evening hours. Simply call us or reach out to us online to book your appointment.