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Dental Cleaning Specialist

Gentle Touch Dental PC

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Falls Church, VA

One of the best ways to enhance the outcome of your teeth is to schedule regular dental cleanings and exams. Francisco Rodriguez, DMD, and the rest of the staff at Gentle Touch Dental PC regularly perform dental cleanings to help you prevent cavities and tooth decay. If you’re looking for a dentist in Falls Church, Virginia, contact Gentle Touch Dental PC by phone or request an appointment online today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

Everyone has different needs, goals, and bite records; therefore, everyone should have a personalized cleaning schedule. While twice-a-year cleanings are the standard for many insurance companies and dental practices, some people may benefit from more frequent cleanings, such as:

  • Adults and children with high-risk factors for decay
  • Those with periodontal disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults and children with certain health conditions, such as diabetes

Your dentist at Gentle Touch PC can recommend a cleaning schedule for you based on your unique health situation. 

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Before your cleaning, your dental hygienist has you rest in a comfortable mechanical chair with a paper bib around your neck. They turn on a bright overhead light and adjust the chair to find the best position for the cleaning.

Next, they look inside your mouth to check for any concerns with your teeth, mouth, or gums.  After that, they use a variety of metal tools, as well as water and suction, to scrape any residual plaque and tartar off your teeth. 

Once your teeth are clear of buildup, your hygienist uses a mechanical toothbrush and special toothpaste to polish your teeth. Finally, he or she flosses in between all your teeth.

Many times, your teeth cleaning is accompanied by a dental exam. Your dentist may order X-rays, check your teeth for cavities, and perform other screenings during the same appointment. 

What are the benefits of dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings are one of the most proactive actions you can take to maintain your oral health and prevent problems. Your dentist and dental hygienist can screen for issues before they become bigger, costlier problems.

Some of the problems you may be able to avoid with routine exams and cleanings include gum disease, decay, cavities, and infection. Your dentist is also better able to spot oral cancers when you keep up with your routine appointments.

Since the link between oral and heart health is so strong, your regular cleanings can also help you avoid systemic problems in your body caused by gum disease. Healthy teeth cause fewer problems overall, and regular cleanings are an essential part of an oral care routine that keeps teeth healthy.

If you’re due for a cleaning, entrust your teeth to the considerate staff at Gentle Touch PC. Call the office or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.