- How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?
- What To Expect During A Teeth Cleaning Exam
- Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
- Does Dental Insurance Cover Teeth Cleaning Costs?
How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?
One of the most common questions we get asked prior to people making their appointment in our Atlanta dental office is "How often should you get a teeth cleaning?"
For a healthy mouth, we recommend that you have your teeth cleaned and get a dental exam every six months. That usually includes a review of your medical history, any updates, changes, hospitalizations, new medications or allergies that you may have recently had. This can include anything new that we don't know, or if it's your first visit to our dental practice. We need to know about these changes because your teeth and your body are connected.
What To Expect During A Teeth Cleaning Exam
We will also take dental x-rays of your teeth during your routine dental cleaning because we're very limited when inspecting your teeth visually and we know our limitations. We're really good, but we can't see in between teeth. The x-rays help us to identify things that we can't see with our eyes such as cavities, bone loss, and any heavy debris like tarter or calculus.
Next, we will sit down with you and examine your teeth and tissues. Our dental hygienist will visually examine your teeth looking for areas of decay, as well as any broken, fractured, or missing teeth.
Your initial dental cleaning will start off with probing. You've probably heard people call out numbers before they start cleaning your teeth. “One, three, three, two, five, six.” Those numbers are to help us evaluate the health of your gums.
After evaluating the health of your gums, we either proceed with the regular cleaning if your numbers are between one and three and if they're above four, then we’ll recommend a different kind of cleaning.
At Peach Valley Dental, we use an instrument called a Cavitron that uses water and ultrasonic vibrations during the teeth cleaning process. We also use hand scalers, those silver instruments that people think are sharp weapons, and they’re not.
During your dental cleaning, we also use polish and sometimes even air and water to remove stains from your teeth. In addition to that, we’ll floss your teeth.
Once that step is complete, we’ll recommend a treatment plan if replacement or restoration will be required. Our staff will teach you new hygiene habits if you've been slacking on some of the areas and show you how you can improve your overall dental health.
Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
Now the big question that everybody wants to know is, “does it hurt when I get a dental cleaning?”
Usually it doesn't hurt, however, there could be a little bit of discomfort if you haven't had your teeth cleaned in a long while. You may have some inflammation in your gums and it could make your teeth cleaning just a little uncomfortable.
But in normal conditions, there’s little to no discomfort. We like to refer to our dental cleanings as “a spa for your mouth.”
Does Dental Insurance Cover Teeth Cleaning Costs?
If you have insurance, nine times out of ten, they cover it at 100%, and you usually get two cleanings per year. Sometimes insurance coverage may vary and we’ll let you know what your policy covers prior to treatment. That way you will know prior to getting in the chair what your responsibility, if any, will be.
If you don't have dental insurance, we have a few plans to help you out. We have a $99 new patient special, which includes an exam and four diagnostic x-rays, and a cleaning if you have no other signs and symptoms of a disease.
Be sure to ask your dentist any questions prior to treatment, our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible and leave our office with a healthy smile. Do you have any other questions about how often you should get a teeth cleaning? Leave us a comment below.
Howard University College of Dentistry 1993
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