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To prevent dental issues, scheduling routine dental cleanings for you and the whole family can protect everyone’s natural teeth and overall oral health. At Family Smile Dental, the dental experts in the Sheepshead Bay and Midwood neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City, provide professional dental cleanings to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. To schedule your appointment today, call the office nearest you or book your appointment online.

Why do I need a dental cleaning?

Why do I need a dental cleaning?

A professional dental cleaning improves the health of your teeth and gums. Although personal oral hygiene at home contributes to your oral health, you still need to see your dentist for dental cleaning.

Plaque develops naturally and most of it gets removed with regular oral hygiene practices, like daily brushing and flossing. But over time, it can build up on the surfaces of your teeth and near your gum line.

If it is not removed with a professional dental cleaning, the sticky film of bacteria can harden and turn into tartar. Once it reaches this stage, bacteria can get trapped on your teeth and increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

What can I expect at my dental cleaning?

When you visit Family Smile Dental for your dental cleaning, your provider examines your teeth and gums to identify signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

Your cleaning begins with your dental hygienist using a special tool to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and from under your gums.

After you rinse your mouth, your dental professional applies a gritty toothpaste to a high-speed, electric toothbrush and polishes your teeth. They then floss your teeth to remove any remaining debris.

Last, your dentist might have you rinse with a fluoride solution to protect your teeth from cavities. Your provider might also take X-rays to identify any oral health issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

How often do I need a dental cleaning appointment?

How often do I need a dental cleaning appointment?

Your provider determines the frequency of your dental cleanings based on your oral health needs. In most cases, you should schedule your appointment every six months to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

You may need to see your dentist more often if:

  • You’re pregnant
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a history of gum disease
  • Take certain medications
  • Smoke or chew tobacco

After your dental exam, your dentist can provide guidance on how often you should have your teeth professionally cleaned. Each exam is tailored to your specific oral health needs.

To book your dental cleaning at Family Smile Dental, call the location nearest you or book your appointment online today.