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 gum disease and keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Aimee Kraft offers dental cleanings and exams to patients of all ages in Brooklyn Heights, New York. To make an appointment for a cleaning or exam, please call Aimee Kraft DDS or schedule yours online today.
Dental Cleanings Q & A
What is a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning is a type of preventive care used to prevent gum disease and other oral health issues. During this procedure, a trained dental hygienist uses special tools to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
During your dental cleaning, you’ll will lie comfortably in a chair while the hygienist removes the tartar and plaque from your teeth. Your hygienist will also floss, polish, and review oral hygiene care for your teeth.
Most dental cleanings also include a comprehensive examination of your teeth. During this part of the appointment, Dr. Kraft 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 considered routine care. 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 can use a local or topical anesthetic to prevent discomfort.
How much will a dental cleaning cost?
If you have a dental insurance policy, your cleaning may be partially or fully covered, and you will not need to pay for it yourself. However; if you don’t have dental insurance, you will 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 have missed several cleanings, you may need to come in more frequently for a few months until you are caught up.
Children should begin seeing Dr. Kraft for dental cleanings shortly after their first teeth appear to foster good habits from an early age.