General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
There is a good reason insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Regular checkups and cleanings are the top way to prevent cavities and help your natural teeth last a lifetime. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Thomas D. Sokoly, DDS, and the team can help you get clean and healthy teeth. Quickly schedule your regular cleaning by booking an appointment online or calling Sokoly Dental in Washington D.C. today.
Dental Exam and Cleaning Q & A
What should I expect during a dental cleaning?
Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. A Sokoly Dental professional begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any can't-miss issues. If you need X-rays, they’re taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.
Next, it's time for the actual cleaning to begin. The hygienist or dentist uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. A scaler is a small metal dental instrument. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.
After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, the hygienist or dentist brushes and polishes your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste.
The brushing is followed by a professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next cleaning.
How often should I go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning?
Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year.
The American Dental Association, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your dental cleaning needs.
Whether you need a quick dental cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to the professionals at Sokoly Dental about your situation is an important part of getting excellent care.
Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. Your best approach for dental care is to follow a plan that's designed just for you, not one that's designed for the average person.
Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?
Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.
A study published in 2016 indicated routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The theory is dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.
Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been tied to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.
If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, call Sokoly Dental or book an appointment online.