Cleanings & Checkups
Cleanings & Checkups
Dental exams and teeth cleanings are critical to maintaining your oral health. Regular dental cleanings and exams with our team will help protect your smile and allow us to detect things early, before anything gets too serious. These check-ups not only help safeguard your oral health, but they can also be beneficial for your overall health. Regular teeth cleanings can also help reduce bad breath and whiten your smile. Boost your confidence and keep your smile fresh by scheduling your next teeth cleaning and exam with Dental 32.
Just like oil changes are necessary in your car, it’s important to clean teeth and perform routine maintenance if you want to keep your smile healthy. Teeth cleanings promote oral and whole-body health. Numerous studies have shown a correlation between your oral health and overall health. Not only will regular cleanings help maintain your oral health, but they will also help to freshen your breath and whiten your smile. Cleanings can help remove some of the heavier stains caused by things like coffee, tea and smoking, which make teeth look darker. With the stains removed, teeth will inherently look whiter and brighter.
The first thing we see when we meet someone is their smile. We want to help patients keep their smiles for a lifetime, so they can be ready for those photo-worthy moments. Don’t be afraid to show off your smile; freshen your breath and whiten your smile with an affordable dental cleaning today!
Experts recommend that the majority of adults and children receive a dental exam twice a year. However, this interval can vary depending on the status of your overall oral health. During your exam, our dentist, Dr. Ninh, will develop a personalized oral health plan with you to determine how often you should schedule your check-ups.
Typically, your dental cleaning visits will take about an hour and fifteen minutes from start to finish. There’s a lot that happens during this visit. We update your medical history, take X-rays, and complete a comprehensive dental exam, which checks the health of your gum and teeth. Your visit is usually broken up into two parts: the check-up and the cleaning. During a routine dental exam, your dentist will:
Your Teeth cleaning will take about 30 minutes to complete after we finish updating your health records. During your cleaning, our dentists and oral hygienist will remove any tartar or plague built up on your teeth and under your gums.
Sometimes patients will go years without having a cleaning done. As a result, their teeth are more heavily coated with tarter, which is basically hardened bacteria and food. We would most likely recommend a full mouth debridement at this point to allow our dentists to spend more time removing the build-up. We would then reevaluate the gums later to see how it heals. Often, the chunks of tarter can be so thick that they are also lodged under the gums. To completely clean these sub-gingival chunks off, we would need to complete a scaling and root-planing procedure.
If the dentist is good (and ours are!), this evaluation process should not hurt. We typically just look with a mirror and explorer, which helps count the teeth. Sometimes, if the gums are swollen and red, they may feel sensitive when we try to examine them. So, make sure to keep brushing and flossing!
Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you. Shouldn’t you take the time to ensure that what they notice about you is impressive? At Dental 32, we have the experience and knowledge to keep your smile shiny and beautiful for years to come. Contact us online or call our office in Ashburn, VA to book your next appointment today!