Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene—but so is taking that bi-annual trip to the dentist to get dental cleanings. Dental cleanings are much more than a simple brush of your teeth: in a cleaning, a dental hygienist will use special tools to scrape away plaque and tartar, apply polish to help protect your teeth enamel, and assist in determining whether or not you are exhibiting signs of tooth decay or gingivitis. In some cases, you may need a dental deep cleaning, which is a much more thorough cleaning that is sometimes recommended for certain patients.

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Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

You need to have your teeth cleaned regularly. For most people, this amounts to 2 dental cleanings each year, but the frequency may be higher depending on your oral health and the state of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to recommend a dental cleaning schedule for you.

The importance of having your teeth cleaned cannot be overstated. Regular teeth cleanings allow for the removal of built-up plaque and tartar which cause cavities and gum disease; both cavities and gum disease can result in bone loss, tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for dental work such as fillings, root canals, or extractions. Regular cleanings can help you stay on top of your oral health and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

One of the great benefits of receiving regular dental cleanings is that your dentist will often be able to spot potential or new problems before they become too serious. For instance, your dentist may spot a tooth with a small emergency cavity; when this tooth is filled promptly, it reduces the risk for further decay, which helps keep your oral health in check. If you didn’t attend regular cleanings, then this cavity likely would have gone unnoticed until it was much larger and the decay had spread throughout the tooth.

Cost of Dental Cleanings

Most dental insurances cover regular dental cleanings, but this may vary on a case by case basis. Some insurance may not cover deep dental cleanings, though again, this does vary depending on your insurance.

How much is a dental cleaning is something that we are more than willing to discuss with you when you contact us at the contact information listed on our site. We understand that not everyone has medical insurance and not everyone can afford dental cleanings, so please share your concerns with us and we will do our best to work with you in regards to payment. Above all, we want you—and your teeth—to be healthy.   

One thing to consider when you are trying to decide whether or not the cost of a dental cleaning is too much is think about how much you would have to pay if you decided to forego regular cleanings. The cost of root canals, fillings, extractions and tooth crowns greatly exceeds any cost you will pay for a cleaning. Dental cleaning, in more ways than one, is all about preventing expenses—to your teeth and your wallet.

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