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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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