Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining not only good oral hygiene but your overall health. Dental issues can lead to other issues such as heart disease, bone loss, jaw pain, pricey surgeries and a decrease in self-esteem if your smile isn’t straight and white! Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended by your family dentist in Fort Lee NJ that you visit our office for a cleaning once every six months.
How It’s Done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, our trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.
There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienist’s preference. Typically, the hygienist will also clean the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there.
The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.
Make sure your teeth are healthy and strong by scheduling a dental visit every 6 months. Start today by contacting Lori M. Nasif, D.M.D., your family dentist in Fort Lee NJ, and calling our office at (201) 224-6430 to plan your appointment.