Your oral health benefits greatly from regular dental visits combined with your at-home care. When you visit our Raleigh-area dental offices for your teeth cleaning, your hygienist takes the time to clean off the surfaces of your teeth, including the in-between areas that your toothbrush just can’t get. You should visit Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry every six months or so for a cleaning to ensure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
What Is a Professional Teeth Cleaning?
Getting regular teeth cleanings from a dental professional can help prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and enamel loss. We provide both regular and deep cleanings at our offices. The type of cleaning you receive will depend on how much plaque and tartar we find on your teeth.
A deep cleaning takes a bit longer than a traditional cleaning. After a deep cleaning, your gums may feel sore. We can use a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
At your cleaning, your dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the plaque, tartar, and stains that brushing and flossing haven’t been able to remove. The ultrasonic scaler uses a spray of water to comfortably remove hardened debris from teeth, letting us avoid most of the scraping that you might be used to.
During your teeth cleaning, we perform the following:
- Dental and medical history review
- Oral cancer screening
- Oral health evaluation
- Decay-detecting X-rays
- Cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and stains
- Fluoride application
- Dental sealant placement, if necessary
- Teeth polishing
- At-home care instructions
FAQs About Teeth Cleanings
How much does a teeth cleaning cost?
The cost of a teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and mouth. A deep cleaning, for example, will cost more than a routine cleaning. At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we are insurance friendly and offer financing options. Speak with a team member to learn more.
Does a professional cleaning whiten teeth?
Your teeth may appear whiter after a cleaning because we remove plaque, tartar, and stains, all of which can cause some discoloration. If you want a more dramatic change, talk with our team about our professional teeth-whitening services.
What at-home teeth-cleaning products are the best?
When shopping for dental products to use at home, you should always look for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). Using toothpaste that contains fluoride can help fight cavities, too.