Dental cleanings go further than your nightly brushing routine, removing bacteria from between all the gaps and adding a polish for good measure. At Dr. Aaronson & Associates in Midtown East, Manhattan, in New York City, the team cleans your teeth thoroughly after examining them for signs of disease or decay. Book your next cleaning by phone or online at Dr. Aaronson & Associates today.
A dental cleaning is something you should schedule at Dr. Aaronson & Associates at least twice each year. Your dentist might recommend more frequent cleanings if you have gum disease, dental decay, or other issues with your oral health, but the general rule for most people is to get them once every six months.
While your oral care routine at home goes a long way in preventing oral health conditions and tooth stains, a professional dental cleaning goes above and beyond.
The team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates uses professional tools and techniques to remove bacterial buildup from around your gums, between your teeth, and in hard-to-reach areas.
During a dental cleaning at Dr. Aaronson & Associates, you recline in the chair. You’ll see two professionals during the process of your cleaning: a dentist and a hygienist.
Your hygienist asks questions about any changes in your oral habits, general health, or daily medications. Then, they start your cleaning. The hygienist removes plaque and tartar — forms of bacterial buildup — from your teeth using a scraping tool and small mirror.
Then, they clean and polish your teeth using a gritty toothpaste and electric brush. They floss between all the gaps before rinsing your mouth out with a cool spray of water.
Finally, your hygienist may apply a fluoride treatment to your teeth as a final step for protection against decay.
The dental examination is another component of your six-month visits. It happens before your hygienist starts the cleaning.
Your dentist and hygienist look inside your mouth and use a small mirror to view the backsides of your teeth and hard-to-see areas. They may also perform digital X-rays during some of your exams to detect cavities.
Your dentist and hygienist may also perform an oral cancer screening. During the screening, they search for early warning signs like:
Finally, your dentist palpates your lymph nodes for tenderness and examines your bite to make sure it’s aligned and that you don’t have any temporomandibular joint issues.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam, book an appointment over the phone or online at Dr. Aaronson & Associates today.