Dental Cleaning

Vanguard and Achury Dental

General Dentistry located in Garden City, NY & Jackson Heights, NY

Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial, which is why insurance plans almost always cover them. Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep your gums healthy. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Quickly schedule your regular cleaning with Camilo Achury, DDS, or Diva Puerta, DDS, in New York City today. Book an appointment online or call Vanguard and Achury Dental in Garden City, Long Island, and Jackson Heights, Queens.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

First, there's an exam. A Vanguard and Achury Dental professional begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any can't-miss issues. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.

The actual dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays. The hygienist or dentist uses a small metal tool with pointed ends to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. This step could take longer if you've skipped a cleaning or two.

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 a professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth between office visits.

How often should I go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people might be able to go with the standard advice of every six months, while other people with specific issues may need more frequent cleanings. 

The American Dental Association recommends discussing your personal dental cleaning needs with your dentist. 

Almost half of all adults aged 30 and older have chronic gum disease, but for most of us, a simple dental cleaning can to prevent tooth decay and treat mild gum disease. 

For moderate to severe gum disease, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to prevent serious infections and tooth loss.

Whether you need a quick dental cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to the professionals at Vanguard and Achury Dental about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to his or her health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?

Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good 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 down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.

If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, call Vanguard and Achury Dental or schedule your appointment online.