Teeth Cleaning West Covina CA

Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning in West Covina

One of the greatest feelings is leaving the dentist's office with freshly cleaned and polished teeth. Your routine teeth cleaning at Dentist of West Covina not only helps you get that feeling back, but it helps preserve your oral health.

What Is Routine Teeth Cleaning?

Routine teeth cleaning is the recommended professional cleaning process for your teeth. Dental cleanings are a way to have your teeth cleaned better than any toothbrush at home can do. During the procedure, your teeth are also polished. Plaque and tartar are removed from tooth surfaces for that clean feeling you love.

Teeth cleaning isn't just about looking great, though. The cleaning helps prevent a build-up of plaque and debris that can lead to poor oral health and even gum disease.

Who Needs Routine Dental Cleanings?

Every individual, adult or child needs to have a routine teeth cleaning twice annually, according to the American Dental Association. Because the cleaning is more than merely cosmetic, but actually preventative, we highly encourage our patients to faithfully follow this expectation of appointments every six months.

Why Should I Get A Teeth Cleaning?

Even if you're not presently experiencing any pain or cavities, you should have bi-annual dental cleanings for your oral health. Your own brushing and flossing are necessary for regular care and maintenance, but professional teeth cleaning does a more thorough job of removing plaque, tarter, and debris that build up to cause gum disease and other oral health issues.

Regular teeth cleanings help prevent tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease.

Getting your teeth cleaned regularly also gives your dental team the opportunity to check-up on your oral care. They will use mirrors to examine your teeth and gums. These simple examinations may help catch the early signs of gingivitis or other concerns.

Your dental hygienist will also use your cleaning as an opportunity to look for lesions, faulty fillings, and other issues. If anything is found, your dentist will be consulted and take a closer look.

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Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their teeth cleaning. There are some factors that may result in minor pain, however.

If you have inflammation, gum disease or tooth decay, you may experience pain during your cleaning. If you have other pre-existing conditions of the jaw, you may also experience some pain.

If you have gone for a long time since your last cleaning, you may also experience discomfort.

If you do experience any pain during your teeth cleaning, please communicate with your hygienist immediately. Most often, you'll be able to take a break or a different method can be used to continue cleaning while reducing your discomfort.

What Happens At A Teeth Cleaning Appointment?

There are several things that will occur during your routine dental cleaning appointment.

  • You will update your medical history. If there are any changes, please make note on the form you fill out at the beginning of your appointment.
  • On most visits, we will take an x-ray of your teeth to keep your dental record updated and to examine your teeth and jaw bone health.
  • While you are with us, we will conduct an oral cancer screening. We look for any abnormalities in your lymph nodes and salivary glands. These abnormalities may include swelling, tenderness, irregularities, or enlargement.
  • We will examine your gums for any signs of gum disease.
  • We will examine your teeth for any signs of broken teeth, faulty restorations or appliances, and dental decay.
  • You will have a thorough cleaning of your teeth that cleans and polishes the surfaces of your teeth above the gum line.
  • Self-care guidance will be given and any questions answered on how to care for your oral health at home.
  • If required, your dentist will also conduct an examination to follow-up on any concerns.
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What Is The Cost For Teeth Cleaning?

The type of cleaning required, based on age and oral health concerns, will determine the cost of your teeth cleaning. Many insurance plans cover the cost of routine teeth cleanings. When you visit us, we will happily discuss payment options and determine the right plan for your needs.

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