What are the different types of cleanings?

There are actually nine different coating levels of cleanings according to the ADA. The whole point of a cleaning or prophylaxis or a prophy is to keep the gums healthy to prevent gum disease.

What happens if one goes too long without a cleaning?

If you go long enough without a cleaning, the majority of people will get some form of gum disease.

Does a dental cleaning hurt?

A cleaning should not hurt. If it's painful, that means there's a lot of inflammation in the gum. We use numbing gels and other methods to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

How often are cleanings recommended?

Cleanings are recommended for most adults every six months. However, about a third of adults will need to be seen more frequently due to gum disease or periodontal disease.

What happens if tartar builds up on the teeth?

Tartar build up leads to gum disease. Tartar, or calculus, cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss. It must be scraped off by a hygienist. If it's been more than six months, you should schedule a cleaning. The sooner you come in, the better off it's going to be.

What can be done to ensure I'm comfortable during a cleaning?

We can provide numbing gels, dental anesthesia, or laughing gas to ensure your comfort. If you have chronic sensitivity, you can take the max dose of Tylenol and Motrin before coming into the office.

How long does a cleaning take?

Cleanings vary in length depending on the individual's dental care. It can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 90 minutes.

Can cleaning damage my teeth?

No, cleaning cannot damage your teeth. If something comes off your teeth during a cleaning, it's either tartar or something that was so badly broken it was about to break anyway.

What can be done if I have tooth sensitivity?

I recommend over the counter desensitizing agents like Sensodyne on a daily basis. After a cleaning, I also recommend fluoride varnish to help protect and desensitize the teeth.

How do I schedule a cleaning?

If you'd like to schedule a cleaning or have concerns about your gum health, please give us a call at the office at (703) 451-4500.