Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

What You Need to Know about Professional Teeth Cleanings

November 16, 2021
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Posted By: Middletown Dental

If you take great care of your teeth, you’re probably familiar with regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Teeth cleanings are your best defense against many preventable conditions, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral infections

According to your Middletown, NJ dentist and the American Dental Association, it’s essential to have at least two checkups and dental cleanings per year. Of course, if you have an oral health condition like gum disease, your dentist may recommend additional checkups and cleanings, including specific types of deep cleanings.

Here’s What Happens During a Routine Exam and Teeth Cleaning in Middletown, NJ

Your dentist visually inspects your teeth, gums, and tissues for oral health conditions during your routine exam. We also provide x-rays when warranted and give you an oral cancer screening.

Your dentist will talk to you about findings following your comprehensive checkup, including whether you have a cavity or other oral concerns. We also discuss treatment options with you as needed.

Your hygienist expertly removes all tartar, plaque, and bacteria from your teeth during your professional teeth cleaning using special dental instruments. The debris removed by your hygienist is located in hard-to-reach places, or it is stubborn and can’t be eradicated by brushing and flossing alone.

Your hygienist is an expert in oral hygiene and welcomes your questions as well.

Types of Dental Cleanings

Routine cleanings, also called prophy cleanings, are very straightforward, but there are other types of cleanings.

For example, if you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, we may provide specialized cleanings below the gum line called planing and scaling. This removes bacteria and infection, encouraging your gums to better adhere to your teeth.

Schedule Your Next Checkup and Teeth Cleaning Today

If it’s time for your next dental exam and cleaning, or if you’d like to establish dental care in our area, give us a call today.

We provide healthy smiles to patients everywhere, including our friends in Holmdel, New Monmouth, Belford, Leonardo, Keyport, and Union Beach, NJ.

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