A deep cleaning and a regular cleaning may sound similar, but they’re actually very different. Deep cleanings are enhanced cleanings in which the dental hygienist cleans both above and below the gum line to remove hard tartar buildup off the tooth’s root surface. Removing the bacteria-filled, cement-like tartar off of the tooth structure prevents further bone loss and helps the gums reattach to the tooth. Deeper cleanings are also performed when gum disease is present to help prevent the disease from spreading.
Maintain a healthy smile that represents the best you! You can expect to book a cleaning twice a year, or every six months. If we feel you should see us more often, we’ll recommend a tailored cleaning schedule. Keeping up with your regular cleanings helps prevent gum disease, brightens your teeth, and freshens your breath for an overall happier, healthier smile!
Yes, most dental insurance plans will cover two preventive care visits at 80% to 100%, depending on your coverage. Preventive care includes services such as teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, dental exams, and dental sealants. Our office will confirm your benefits during your visit and help you make the most of your insurance.
The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly preventive dental visits. This gives your dentist the chance to monitor changes in your oral health, provide timely treatment recommendations, and overall work to prevent concerns before they arise. If you need further visits to begin or complete treatment, we will help you schedule your subsequent appointments at your earliest convenience so you can get that taken care of as soon as possible.
Generally, no! Getting your teeth cleaned is a very comfortable experience. Our hygiene team takes their time and uses a gentle approach to make sure you feel relaxed and pain-free. Patients who have tender gums or are living with gingivitis (gum disease) may experience some discomfort, but we will do everything we can to mitigate any pain you may feel.