Attending regular teeth cleanings and dental checkups is critical for preserving your oral health. During routine teeth cleanings, your dental hygienist removes plaque, tarter, and other harmful bacteria that could otherwise cause serious dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
During your dental cleanings, your doctor will also take the opportunity to examine your dental condition and spot issues that can be addressed before they develop into much more painful or complicated problems.
We recommend coming into our Allentown dental office for a routine cleaning every six months.
The following is a brief list of advantages routine teeth cleanings provide:
- Eliminates plaque and tartar buildup
- Gets rid of teeth stains
- Allows your doctor to check for common dental issues, like gum disease or tooth decay
What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning
Gum Health Inspection
While often overlooked, good gum health is vital for long-term teeth health. Gums support the teeth, and if recession occurs, it could lead to tooth decay, gum disease, or even missing teeth! During your exam, we’ll take a close look at your gums and note any recession. If your gum recession looks severe, our doctor may refer you to a periodontist for further treatment.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Plaque is a bacterial buildup appearing as a sticky film over the teeth. Without proper brushing and flossing, this buildup will harden into tartar deposits. Tartar tends to accumulate in the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, making it nearly impossible to remove without the help of a dental professional. Fortunately, our hygienists at Brookside Dental Care have the tools and know-how to carefully scale away stuck-on plaque and tartar, preventing tooth decay and gum recession. Once your teeth are cleaned, we’ll remove any stains and give them a final polish to leave them gleaming.
Finally, your doctor will give your newly cleaned teeth a brief examination. In addition to physically examining your teeth, the doctor will consult your chart and x-rays to help them zero in on any problem areas or troubling patterns. The dentist might recommend further treatment or give you tips and advice on how to slow or reverse tooth decay, inflammation or gum recession. We would be happy to answer any questions you have or to hear about any discomfort, sensitivity, or dental pain you’ve experienced.
What happens during a teeth cleaning?
Super important and often under-appreciated. Your gums support your teeth and frame your smile. We will take a close look at your tongue, gums, teeth and all other areas of your mouth with a special focus on the gum line to ensure your entire mouth is as healthy as can be without any sign of inflammation or impending gum disease. We promise not to be too hard on you about your flossing habits.
Plaque & Tartar Removal
Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth. If it is not routinely cleaned away with thorough brushing, flossing and a professional touch it can harden into tartar deposits. Tartar is usually darker in colour and often found in tricky to clean places like the gumline. A hygienist has the tools and know-how to carefully scale away stuck-on plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places. With all that out of the way, finally we can polish your teeth to remove stains and leave your teeth gleaming.
After your teeth are cleaned is the perfect time to have a dentist examine them. Your dentist will check out your chart and x-rays and zero in on those problem areas or troubling patterns. The dentist might recommend further treatment or give you tips and advice on how to slow or reverse tooth decay, inflammation or gum disease. We would be happy to answer any questions you have or to hear about any discomfort, sensitivity, or dental pain you’ve experienced.
The Cost of a Teeth Cleaning in Allentown
Routine checkups and cleanings are such a great way to treat and prevent dental problems that most insurance companies will nearly cover the entire cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, expect to pay between $120 to $300 per visit.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
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What Our Patients Are Saying
Jessica Graham - Cincilla
As a former dental hygienist of 20 years, I had a great new patient appointment. The hygienist Selma was wonderful! She was friendly, knowledgeable , gentle and meticulous all at the same time. The exam by the doctor was thorough and he had a great bedside manner too! They also had all the latest tech. Looking forward to many years as a patient there!