Exams, X-Rays and Cleanings
Dental cleanings are an important part of preventive care for patients of all ages. Every patient should have regular dental cleanings to ensure ongoing dental health. Dr. Alina Lane at All Smiles Dentistry provides cleanings for patients of all ages in New York.
Dental Cleaning Q&A
What is a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is a procedure in which a dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. The hygienist also removes debris from between the teeth and looks for any problems that may require treatment.
What happens during a cleaning?
During a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from each individual tooth. The hygienist will also floss between all teeth, polish the teeth, and administer a fluoride treatment.
Most cleanings include a full examination of the teeth. During this exam, Dr. Lane or the hygienist will look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other problems that require treatment. X-rays may also be necessary to check for hidden issues. If Dr. Lane identifies problems during the exam, the patient may schedule the treatment at this time.
Is a dental cleaning painful?
Dental cleanings shouldn’t be painful. The cleaning is non-invasive, and the hygienist spends the majority of the procedure working on the surfaces of the teeth. However, patients with sensitive teeth or gums may experience discomfort during a cleaning. Dr. Lane may administer anesthetics to patients with these issues to prevent pain.
How often are dental cleanings necessary?
In general, patients should have dental cleanings once every 6 months. However, patients who have missed several cleanings may need to come more frequently to get caught up. Dr. Lane recommends scheduling a child’s first cleaning as soon as the child has baby teeth and is able to sit still for the procedure. Cleanings performed on children are shorter and less invasive than cleanings for adults.
How much does a dental cleaning cost?
Many dental insurance policies will cover some or all of the cost of a dental cleaning. However, patients who don’t have insurance must pay for cleanings out-of-pocket. Patients can call the office to find out how much a dental cleaning will cost for them.
What can patients do to make dental cleanings easier?
The best way to simplify dental cleanings is to take good care of the teeth at home. Patients should brush and floss twice daily. Patients should also call Dr. Lane with any problems as soon as they occur. Call or schedule your next dental cleaning with Dr. Lane at All Smiles Dentistry.