Teeth Cleaning

Dental cleaning

Professional teeth cleaning appointments lower your risk of developing oral health conditions while making your smile shine. At Impressive Dental Care in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Lea Planzos, DMD, MS, Penny Planzos, DMD, MS, and Thomas Planzos, DMD, provide teeth cleanings and oral health exams for patients of all ages. Call Impressive Dental Care today or go online to schedule your next cleaning

What is a teeth cleaning?

A teeth cleaning is more than just a brush and floss. At the dentist, a professional cleaning involves scraping, thoroughly scrubbing, and polishing your teeth to remove plaque and tartar that has built up since your last dental appointment. While daily brushing and flossing at home are important, professional cleanings are equally crucial to your long-term oral health.

Your Impressive Dental Care dentist invites you in for a teeth cleaning once every six months. During these visits, they evaluate your oral health and make sure you’re keeping up with your oral hygiene at home.

Certain appointments for teeth cleanings also include dental X-rays. If your dentist finds signs of disease or decay during a cleaning, they’ll recommend other services, like scaling and root planing for gum disease and fillings for cavities.

What are the benefits of a teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleanings are a significant part of preventive dental care, preventing many oral diseases and health complications. Regular teeth cleanings at Impressive Dental Care help avoid:

  • Cavities and decay
  • Gum disease
  • Gum recession
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth loss
  • Bad breath
  • Stains and discoloration

Because of the connection between your oral health and overall health, regular teeth cleanings also prevent some diseases that affect other parts of your body. Bacteria from gum disease can migrate and cause infections. Poor oral hygiene is also linked to diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

What should I expect during a teeth cleaning?

Once you’ve had one or two teeth cleanings at Impressive Dental Care, you know what to expect for the next time. Your visit starts with an oral exam, during which your hygienist uses a small mirror to see the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

After the exam, they remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth using a scraping tool. They then deep clean your teeth using gritty toothpaste and an electric brush before flossing between each tooth. After a rinse, your hygienist applies a fluoride treatment or varnish on the surfaces of your teeth.

Your dentist visits with you to discuss the findings of your initial exam, your oral hygiene habits, and any recommendations for future treatment.

Call Impressive Dental Care today or go online to reserve an appointment for your next teeth cleaning.