Regular dental cleanings are important for preventing disease and tooth loss. As humans, we are constantly consuming food and beverages that damage our teeth. Going to the dentist is much better than deep cleaning your teeth at home because your dental care team can remove the excess buildup of plaque and tartar because too much buildup will eventually lead to gum disease.
Teeth cleaning is especially important for children in order to ensure proper dental health throughout their development and to prevent gum disease early on. Gum disease occurs when your body's immune system reacts to the plaque and tartar buildup with bleeding and inflamed gums. Once the gum disease gets to a certain stage, it becomes irreversible so prevention and regular dental cleaning appointments are critical.Whether you're single or have a family, Dr. Lee Simon and his dental staff can provide regular teeth cleanings for everyone. Get in touch with us to schedule your teeth cleaning appointment in Erie, PA today!
Your dentist and dental hygienist will brush your teeth with professional dental cleaning tools to remove any food remains and plaque. This special toothbrush will help refresh your smile.
Flossing is a critical part of all dental cleanings (yes, even when you're cleaning your teeth at home). This step removes food particles trapped between teeth that may not be removed with regular brushing.
Simple everyday teeth cleaning fails to remove plaque and tartar, so your dentist and dental hygienist will probably also use stainless steel dental cleaning tools, such as picks and scrapers on your teeth.
After a thorough cleaning, your dentist will do a full dental exam. This happens at each of your six-month cleanings to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, which helps prevent gum disease.
A typical dental cleaning starts with a dental hygienist using stainless steel tools to break down and remove plaque and tartar. Following that, you can expect a thorough teeth brushing as well as flossing, and mouth rinsing. After your cleaning, the dentist will do an oral exam to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
Adults and children should have their teeth cleaned every six months. This helps prevent gum disease and is a wonderful opportunity for a dentist to look at your smile and mouth to make sure everything is okay. At the very least, families should plan to do annual teeth cleanings at the dentist to remove plaque or food debris that sometimes is challenging to remove while simply brushing and flossing at home.
A dental cleaning can cost anywhere from $70 to $400 (without insurance). The cost of a professional teeth cleaning may depend on the type of cleaning required as well as the general health and age of the patient. That said, insurance often covers dental cleanings as they are a preventative care procedure, so be sure to talk to your dentist about the types of insurance they accept!
Children should go to the dentist for a cleaning as soon as they begin to get teeth. A dental cleaning at a young age also serves as an opportunity to get a dental exam to make sure that the child’s teeth are growing properly. While teeth cleanings for very young children are much less intensive than for adults (they have far less teeth, afterall), they are an important step to make sure your child has a lifetime of healthy smiles.