Dental Cleaning

A New Smile CC

General Dentistry located in Santa Clarita, CA

There is a good reason that insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and to keep your gums healthy. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling A New Smile CC in Santa Clarita, California.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

First, there's an exam. Your A New Smile CC professional starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any glaring problems. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.

After the X-rays are completed, the actual cleaning process starts. The dentist or hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar have been scraped away, the hygienist or dentist uses a unique, high-powered brush and polishing toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly. 

After the brushing, you receive professional flossing. Finally, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next appointment.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. 

The American Dental Association advises working with your dentist to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.

Even when the procedure is as simple as routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at A New Smile CC about your unique situation is an important part of getting excellent care.

Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. Meet your dental health needs by following a plan that's been designed just for you, not by following a general plan for the average person.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

According to the results of a 2016 study, regular dental cleanings could help reduce the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut back on the number of bacteria that enter your lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been connected to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, call A New Smile CC in Santa Clarita, California, or book an appointment online.