What Does a Dental Cleaning Involve?

Did you know that in America alone, one person dies from oral cancer every hour?  Did you also know that there is a clear link between gum disease and cardiovascular diseases that can cause deadly heart attacks and strokes?  Now, do you want to know what could help prevent all of these detrimental scenarios?  Dental cleanings!  A simple cleaning of your teeth twice a year by dental professionals could rid you of harmful bacteria and plaque that could lead to severe dental complications and other health risks down the road.

At Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station, we help our patients maintain their beautiful smiles by stressing the importance of complete dental health.  This includes regular dental cleanings in our office, as well as continuing effective dental oral hygiene practices at home (brushing twice a day and flossing once a day).  By following simple preventive dental care habits and visiting your dentist twice a year, you can rest assured that your teeth are clean, strong and healthy.  You can avoid or lessen your chances of getting cavities, gingivitis and enamel loss just by properly brushing, flossing and attending two dental cleanings a year.

With over thirty-five years of experience, the dentists at Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station proudly serve the Whitehouse Station, Tewksbury, Lebanon and beyond regions of New Jersey.  The dentists recommend visiting their dental practice every six months for regular dental cleanings to improve your overall dental health.  Thorough dental cleanings are quick, simple, painless and have many benefits:

  • Prevents cavities and infections in your mouth
  • Removes surface stains and brightens your teeth
  • Freshens your breath
  • Identifies cavities before they worsen

During the dental cleaning, your dentist’s and dental hygienist’s main goal is to effectively deep clean your teeth to prevent any future dental concerns, such as cavities and potential root canals.  The actual cleaning process is referred to as scaling.  Although plaque can be removed from your teeth while brushing and flossing at home, tartar can only be effectively removed by dental professionals using specific tools. 

Here is what to expect at your dental cleaning:

  1. Examine your smile
  2. Take X-rays if needed
  3. Discuss the state of your oral health
  4. Clean your teeth, one by one
  5. Remove plaque on the surface of each tooth
  6. Floss between teeth to clean hard-to-reach areas
  7. Polish your teeth
  8. Apply a fluoride treatment

If you have not been to the dentist for an examination or cleaning in the past six months, you are overdue for a dental cleaning.  Most dental insurance plans cover cleanings, so you’ll save money on future dental expenses in the long run by taking advantage of your policy.  Oral hygiene is important, so we encourage you to do your part to keep your gums and teeth healthy at home by brushing and flossing regularly to improve your dental health.  If you are in the Whitehouse Station, NJ region, please reach out to our office to schedule a dental cleaning today. 

Please call our office at (908) 534-4001 to schedule your appointment before you develop cavities or other dental problems.  Trust our dedicated team here at Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station to serve all of your dental needs!

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