Teeth Cleaning in Kentfield, CA

Brushing and flossing are essential for healthy teeth, but they are not a substitute for periodic professional teeth cleaning. You should have your teeth cleaned by your dentist at least twice a year for optimal oral health. The term “dental prophylaxis” refers to the deep cleaning provided by your dentist. It helps protect you against gum and periodontal disease and can improve the appearance of your teeth and gums by removing surface stains and tartar along the gumline.

Concerned About Your Oral Health?

Dr. G and his team can evaluate your oral hygiene and make recommendations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Call us: 415-456-5402

Benefits of Dental Cleaning

Having your teeth cleaned professionally has numerous benefits, including:

  • Plaque and tartar removal above and below the gum line
  • Removal of surface stains for a brighter smile
  • Removal of food particles that can lead to bad breath
  • Early detection of oral cancers and other diseases of the mouth
  • Early detection of dental caries
  • Healthier teeth, gums, and jawbone
  • Stops the progression of gum disease and periodontitis

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

A professional teeth cleaning is usually performed by a dental hygienist. They identify and remove both plaque and tartar. Plaque is a soft film they remove by brushing. Any tartar is removed using dental instruments to scrape away the hardened material.

During the cleaning, the hygienist pays special attention to areas you cannot easily reach at home, including between the teeth and along the gum line. These are areas where bacteria are prone to gather, and professional teeth cleaning is the best way to keep these areas healthy. After tartar and plaque are removed, your teeth are flossed, then polished with coarse, professional-grade toothpaste. This is the step that leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny. A fluoride treatment may be applied to your teeth to strengthen and protect the enamel if needed.

If there are areas where plaque and tartar are a problem, we will review your home dental care routine with you and suggest ways to improve. Our goal is the best possible care for your teeth and gums between dental cleanings.

Teeth Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions

What Does “Dental Prophylaxis” mean?

No, your dental hygienist has years of experience cleaning teeth and is always mindful of your comfort. You may feel some pressure when tartar is scraped off your teeth, but there is no pain.

Are Teeth Cleanings Necessary?

Yes, having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months helps prevent gum disease and improves your appearance. Without dental cleanings, you are more prone to various problems, including cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and infections.

If you develop an oral infection, it can lead to other serious health issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, oral infections, bacteria, and inflammation contribute to several diseases, including:

  • Endocarditis, an infection of the lining of the heart
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Premature birth and low birth weight
  • Pneumonia
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

Does a Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

No, your dental hygienist has years of experience cleaning teeth and is always mindful of your comfort. You may feel some pressure when tartar is scraped off your teeth, but there is no pain.

How Much Does a Dental Cleaning Cost?

If you have dental insurance, your plan probably covers the cost of one or two teeth cleanings a year. If you do not have dental insurance, the cost of the cleaning depends on the condition of your teeth, including how much plaque and tartar have to be removed.

If you have additional questions about dental prophylaxis or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 415-456-5402. If it has been more than six months since your last teeth cleaning, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.