Teeth Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings keep your mouth healthy and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you’re due for a dental cleaning, schedule a visit with the dental team at Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey. Dr. Daniel Butensky provides exceptional dental care to optimize your oral health and make your smile look stunning. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your cleaning.

What are cleanings?

A professional cleaning is a procedure performed to remove plaque or tartar buildup on your teeth and keep your mouth in optimal health. They’re also an opportunity for your dentist to periodically check in on your oral health, which is why Dental Studios recommends scheduling your cleanings at regular intervals.

Why do I need a dental cleaning?

There are several reasons professional dental cleanings are important.

First, they’re the only way to remove tartar from your teeth. Tartar forms when plaque stays on your teeth for too long. The minerals in your saliva combine with the plaque, hardening to form crystals that stick to the surface of your teeth. While you can eliminate the buildup of plaque with regular at-home brushing and flossing, tartar requires a professional cleaning to eradicate, which is necessary to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. 

Also, when you maintain regular cleanings, the dental team is able to consistently monitor the health of your mouth and address concerns at their earliest stages. By treating dental conditions before they’ve had a chance to develop, your dentist can restore your oral health with simpler, less invasive procedures.

What happens at my cleaning?

First, your dental hygienist uses a special tool called a scaler to carefully and thoroughly scrape off all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth. They go tooth-by-tooth, making sure to clean every side.

Once your teeth are clean, your provider uses a high-powered electric toothbrush and a gritty toothpaste to polish your smile and finishes with administering a professional flossing. If you’re prone to cavities, the team might recommend a fluoride treatment.

After your cleaning, your dentist performs a visual assessment of your oral tissues, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health concerns. Depending on how long it’s been since your last appointment, they might also recommend taking X-rays to get a deeper look.

How often do I need cleanings?

The general rule of thumb is to have a dental cleaning once every six months, but you should work with your dentist to determine the exact frequency of your visits. You might need to get cleanings more or less often depending on the state of your oral health and your predisposition to certain dental conditions.

Call the offices at Dental Studios or book a visit online, and start your cleanings with their team of dedicated experts today.