Dental Cleanings Specialist

Dr. K Dental

Dentists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY & Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep your gums healthy. At Dr. K Dental, located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York, the dentists and staff provide dental cleanings to help maintain your oral health and give you the smile that you deserve. Call the office or request an appointment online to schedule your next dental cleaning.

Dental Cleanings

What does a dental cleaning involve?

The team at Dr. K Dental start with a dental exam and visually look over your teeth and assess your gum health. X-rays may be considered if you're due for them.

Next, it's time for the actual cleaning to begin. The hygienist or dentist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. A scaler is a small metal dental instrument.

Depending on the level of tartar buildup, this part of the cleaning process may take some time.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the hygienist or dentist brushes and polishes your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste. The brushing is followed by professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next visit.

How often should I schedule teeth cleaning?

Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. The usual recommendation is twice a year, but people with specific dental problems may need to schedule more frequent cleanings.

The American Dental Association, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your unique dental cleaning needs. Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with the dental experts at Dr. K Dental about your personal needs is a critical part of getting outstanding care. 

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut back on the number of bacteria that enter your lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked to poor oral health. Regular dental cleanings, checkups, and conversations with your dentist all play a role in maintaining excellent health.

If you're due for a dental cleaning, call Dr. K Dental or schedule your appointment online.