Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are an important part of preventive care for patients of all ages. During cleanings, hygienists remove all of the plaque and tartar from the patient’s teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Dr. Aimee Kraft and Dr. Eric Last offer dental cleanings and exams to patients of all ages in Brooklyn Heights, New York City. To make an appointment for a cleaning or exam, please call Aimee Kraft DDS or Eric Last DDS or schedule yours online today.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

Aimee Kraft, DDS

What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a type of preventive care used to prevent gum disease, cavities, and other problems. During this procedure, a trained dental hygienist uses special tools to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. Your hygienist will also remove debris from in between your teeth and look for signs of problems that may need treatment.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During your dental cleaning, you’ll lie comfortably in a chair while the hygienist removes the tartar and plaque from each of your teeth.

The hygienist will also floss between your teeth, polish all your teeth, and give you a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth from decay.

Most dental cleanings also include a comprehensive examination of your teeth. During this part of the appointment, Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last will look for signs of gum disease, cavities, and other issues she may need to treat. If she finds any problems with your teeth, she’ll recommend treatment options.

Are cleanings painful?

Dental cleanings are non-invasive. For most of the procedure, the dental hygienist will be working on the surfaces of your teeth, so pain is unlikely. However, if you have sensitive gums or teeth, you may have some discomfort during the cleaning. If this occurs, Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last can use a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure.

How much will a dental cleaning cost?

If you have a dental insurance policy, your cleaning may be partially or fully covered, and you won’t need to pay for it yourself. However, if you don’t have dental insurance, you’ll need to pay for the cleaning out-of-pocket. To find out how much your cleaning will cost, please contact the office for assistance.

How often do patients need a dental cleaning?

Most patients should have a dental cleaning once every six months. However, if you’ve missed several cleanings, you may need to come in more frequently for a few months until you’ve caught up.

Children should begin seeing Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last for dental cleanings shortly after their first teeth appear. However, cleaning procedures performed on children will be shorter and less invasive than cleanings performed on adults.


Our office welcomes patients with or without dental insurance. Our insurance and payment coordinator will be happy to assist you in determining what type of benefits are available to you through your insurance plan. Payment arrangements for account balances are due at the time services are rendered, so please bring your insurance card with you to your first visit. We accept many forms of payment, including cash and most major credit cards. You can also speak with our office administrator about flexible payment options available for major dental services. If you have lingering questions concerning the financial aspect of your visit, our office administrators are on-hand during our regular business hours to answer your questions and address your concerns.

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Aimee Kraft, DDS
21 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
Phone: 718-635-2480
Fax: (718) 625-7201
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Aimee Kraft, DDS
21 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201