A professional dental cleaning is the key part of your routine dental visit to Bella Smiles in Riverhead, Nesconset or Roslyn, NY. Following ADA guidelines, Bella Smiles recommends that patients come in for a routine preventive care visit at least twice a year.
If you have persistent periodontal disease or complex dental concerns, we may recommend additional visits in order to maintain optimal dental health.
A dental cleaning is a procedure where your dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on surfaces of the teeth or along the gum line.
Although your daily tooth brushing and flossing is an important part of maintaining good dental health, there are often areas that are difficult to reach, see or clean effectively with at home care.
If this plaque and tartar are not removed, you risk getting gum disease. Using the latest dental tools and products, our team takes the time to perform a thorough cleaning to remove harmful bacteria that can degrade your dental health over time.
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their cleaning and enjoy a fresh, clean feeling after treatment.
In addition, routine visits provide the opportunity for us to spot developing dental problems in the early stage when conservative treatment options can still be effective. Drs. Lotardo, Pop and Caesar screen for cavities, periodontal disease, and oral cancer during your comprehensive dental exam.
Bella Smiles is a family dentist office serving many areas of Long Island and we also offer pediatric dental care to monitor the development of teeth in younger patients. Routine visits at every age often prevent the sudden onset of dental concerns that can affect your daily life.
We believe in educating our patients on how to care for their teeth and gums in between regular teeth cleanings. Your dental hygienist will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to minimize plaque and tartar build up between preventive care visits.
Routine Dental Cleanings: what to expect
At Bella Smiles, our team of dental professionals makes every effort to get to know you as an individual and offer you personalized care that meets your unique needs and goals. Although a teeth cleaning is typically an easy and pain free process, we understand that patients with dental anxiety and fear can feel anxious and uncomfortable while in the dentist chair.
We work with patients experiencing dental anxiety to enable you to relax, understand all aspects of the treatment we are offering, and build your confidence so you can enjoy the benefits of good oral health.
After your dental cleaning, we will make appropriate recommendations when necessary for additional dentistry or at home oral hygiene care to help you maintain a healthy smile between visits.
If you show signs or symptoms of gum disease, we may perform scaling and root planning procedures to remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets in the gum. This type of intensive teeth cleaning can help to prevent gum disease from progressing and allow the damaged tissue to repair itself.
If a cavity is found, there are a number of treatments your dentist can perform. Depending on the extent of tooth decay, treatment may be as simple as a dental filling. In some cases, a root canal may be needed.
Dental Cleanings FAQs
How often should I get a dental cleaning?
The ADA recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Most dental insurances cover cleanings twice a year. The amount of time needed between cleanings varies from patient to patient depending on genetics and their oral health care routine, and a patient’s overall health.
Some patients may choose to have their teeth cleaned every three months, while some may only need to have their teeth cleaned once annually.
Will a dental cleaning remove stains?
A professional dental cleaning is known to remove some light stains from teeth and brighten patients’ smiles. A dental cleaning will remove any built up plaque on a patient’s teeth. Plaque buildup causes teeth to yellow and stain. Dental cleanings will remove these stains.
Is sensitive teeth common after a dental cleaning?
Sensitive teeth is one of the most common side effects of dental cleanings. When plaque is removed from teeth and gums, it may cause some sensitivity. Many patients report this while drinking hot or cold things. This should go away after 2-3 days.