A Healthy Smile Starts with Dental Cleanings at Walnut Creek Dentistry

Taking the time to care for your teeth and gums is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. After all, good oral hygiene is essential to good overall health. Making sure your mouth is in tip-top shape goes beyond brushing and flossing at home, though. The American Dental Association recommends that people visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental exam and a professional cleaning to keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. At Walnut Creek Dentistry, the doctors and their team are committed to making your bi-annual dental appointments as comfortable and convenient as possible. Here’s what you should know before scheduling your next dental cleaning.

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Is a Dental Cleaning the Same Thing as a Dental Exam?

If you’ve been to Walnut Creek Dentistry for a routine dental check-up before, you may not have realized that there were two distinct parts to your visit: the dental exam and the cleaning. During a dental exam, the doctors will do an oral cancer screening and examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for signs of any potential oral health concerns, such as tooth decay and gum recession. A dental assistant will also take X-rays of your mouth for the dentists to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. They will discuss your oral hygiene habits with you and recommend how to better care for your mouth in the future.

 Once your dental exam is complete, a dental hygienist will proceed with your professional cleaning. This entails:

  • Checking your gums for signs of recession
  • Removing plaque and tartar build-up from the surface of your teeth
  • Flossing between your teeth
  • Polishing your teeth
  • Applying a fluoride paste to your teeth

Our 40-60 minute teeth cleanings are relatively painless and will help strengthen your enamel to give your teeth the protection they need. If you do experience any discomfort during your cleaning, be sure to let the dental hygienist know.

Why Are Dental Cleanings Important?

If you think visiting the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning is unnecessary, think again. Professional cleanings play a crucial role in ensuring your natural teeth stay as healthy as possible for years to come. While your teeth may look good to your naked eye, a closer look from the experts at Walnut Creek Dentistry may prove otherwise. Even with thorough brushing at home, plaque and tartar can stick to the surface of your teeth and build up over time. When left untreated, this build-up can lead to serious oral health issues. Fortunately, professional cleanings work to combat these problems.

Teeth cleanings provide numerous benefits to your oral health, including:

  • Preventing tooth decay & gum recession
  • Freshening breath
  • Stopping tooth & bone loss
  • Brightening smile
  • Preventing health problems, such as heart disease
  • Saving money on restorative dental procedures

For these reasons, receiving a professional dental cleaning along with routine dental exams twice a year is crucial to protecting the health and well-being of your smile. 

How Much Do Dental Cleanings Cost?

At Walnut Creek Dental East, we are happy to network with many major PPO dental insurance providers to help maximize your benefits. However, if you do not have dental insurance, do not hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to set you up with our in-house insurance or discuss another low-cost out-of-pocket option. Our affordable dental cleanings will provide you the best bang for your buck, stop by today to see how we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. For more information on what your dental insurance policy covers or what dental cleaning could cost you, please contact our office.

Visit Our Groveport Office Today to Maintain your Beautiful Smile  

A dental checkup appointment is the first step in ensuring your smile is in good shape for your daily life. If you want your pearly whites to shine bright for many years to come, you have to prioritize your oral health. Our quality, affordable, and timely teeth cleanings are just what you need to continue looking after your smile. Walnut Creek Dental East can help you achieve a healthy and bright smile call our Groveport office at 1-614-864-2466 or schedule your appointment online today to see the results you’ve been looking for!