Dental Cleanings and Check-ups

Also known as dental prophylaxis, dental cleanings are the cornerstone of preventive dentistry and the key to stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as monitoring the progression of oral cancer. At Dr. Yeh and Associates, our talented team uses basic dental cleanings to keep the teeth and gums clean and maintain proper oral health.

The Mouth: The Gateway to Overall Wellness

If you’ve ever taken a biology course, you probably understand that the human body is made of several systems. Furthermore, our bodily systems work together to sustain human life. Oral health is more important than one might realize. Sometimes, the mouth is called the gateway to overall wellness because the health of your teeth and gums can impact overall wellness. For instance, the inflammation in our gums has the power to spread throughout the body—worsening other systemic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

For these reasons, our team of dental health professionals understands the importance of excellent oral health and how exceptional, consistent dental cleanings and check-ups an essential component is of maintaining overall health.

So, how often should you get your teeth cleaned?  As a rule of thumb, we suggest that healthy patients visit the dentist every six months to ensure that their teeth and gums are healthy. Those who are pregnant or vulnerable to tooth decay or other conditions that impact oral health should visit the dentist more frequently. Our team caters to those with varying needs and can create a more accurate teeth cleaning and check-up schedule based on individualized treatment plans. 

Procedure

Generally, prophylaxis dental appointments start with an exam. As our team checks for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems, they take notes and put them in our secure records. Knowing where you are in your oral health journey helps our team plan appropriate treatment.

Also, most oral health professionals suggest oral cancer screening once a year for adults. This simple annual add-on consists of a physical examination and x-rays to ensure that the mouth, throat, and other soft tissues are cancer-free. If our team detects cancer, they refer patients to a specialist for immediate treatment.

After checking for signs of disease, our dental hygienist cleans the teeth by removing stubborn tartar and plaque on and between dental surfaces using specialized tools. 

Need More Information about Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups in Montclair, NJ?

Regular dental visits are imperative to preventing disease, excellent hygiene, and keeping your breath fresh.
If you’re looking for a dentist near Montclair, Bloomfield, or surrounding areas, look no further.
Book your next dental appointment at Dr. Yeh and Associates by calling (973) 338-9595 or messaging us online.

Additionally, feel free to read through our frequently asked questions about dental cleanings and exams (and make sure to write and down and bring your other questions to your next dental appointment at our Bloomfield, NJ, dental office):

1. I brush and floss daily. Why do I need to schedule professional teeth cleaning?

While we are thankful for our patient’s dedication to daily hygiene, standard at-home dental hygiene tools cannot remove tartar (hardened plaque), which is the culprit behind tooth decay and gum disease.

2. How long does a teeth cleaning take?

The quick answer is between 30 and 60 minutes for healthy teeth. However, the length of dental cleaning depends on needs and if the patient needs a little extra tender, love, and care.