Dental Cleanings in Winston Salem, NC
Most people do not enjoy going to the dentist. However, routine dental cleanings are an important part of maintaining oral hygiene and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Even if you brush and floss routinely at home, going to the dentist and having a professional teeth cleaning is still important. It allows your dental team to make sure there are no problems with your teeth or gums, as well as give your teeth a deep clean that can’t be accomplished at home. It also helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and can save you from having to return to the dentist for expensive and time-consuming procedures. Dental check ups and cleanings are also helpful in maintaining your pearly whites and your beautiful smile.
What Happens During a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
The dental hygienist will start your dental cleaning appointment by looking inside your mouth with a small mirror to examine your teeth and gums for any problems. Next, they will use an instrument to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. After they have removed as much plaque and tartar as possible, they will brush your teeth with a special toothbrush and a gritty toothpaste, which allows them to remove any remaining plaque and deep clean your teeth. The hygienist will then floss your teeth, and then polish your teeth. Finally, the hygienist will perform a fluoride treatment, which is typically a gel or paste that is put into a mouthpiece which will fit around your teeth. Typically, you will keep the mouthpiece in for about one minute.
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What is the Difference Between an Exam and a Cleaning?
A common question is what is the difference between a dental exam and a cleaning. Often, they are done during the same appointment, but they have distinct differences and are equally as important. During a dental exam, your dentist will carefully look at your teeth, as well as your mouth and throat, to identify any problems, such as cavities, gum disease, loose fillings and oral cancer. For a dental cleaning, the dentist or, more commonly, a dental hygienist, will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as brush and polish your teeth.
How Long Does a Professional Dental Cleaning Take?
For most people, a routine dental cleaning will take about 30 minutes to an hour. Depending on your oral health, it may be longer or, sometimes, quicker. This is where it pays to take excellent care of your teeth at home, because the better your oral health, the easier and quicker your cleaning will be.
How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you see your dentist and have your teeth cleaned twice a year. Depending on your oral health, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.
How Much is a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
Almost every dental insurance will cover professional dental cleaning as part of your preventative services. Our staff will verify your coverage and let you know before your visit how much your insurance will cover. Without insurance, the cleaning costs, on average, around $100.
Schedule Your Teeth Cleaning & Checkup Today!
Dental check ups and cleanings are a key part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, you are definitely not alone, and Dr. Zackeru and his staff will work with you to make sure your cleaning is as easy and stress-free as possible. We want to make sure you have a good experience and are as relaxed as possible. Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment so we can help you keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful.