A dental cleaning (otherwise known as a Prophylaxis) is more than just your basic dental procedure. It is the essential first step in your oral health for proper maintenance and diagnosis. During a cleaning, you can expect your dental hygienist to use special tools to ensure that the gums and teeth are cleaned as efficiently and safely as possible.
We have all been instructed to brush and floss our teeth twice a day to maintain healthy teeth but that is just one part of proper dental care. Brushing and flossing are essential but cannot be relied on alone because of hard to reach areas where plaque buildup cannot be removed by a tooth brush and floss. In order to prevent serious issues such as tooth decay and gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis), a professional dental cleaning should be scheduled at least twice a year in addition to routine brushing and flossing at home.
There are a lot of different answers when it comes to how often you should get a professional teeth cleaning. The American Dental Association recommends that teeth should be professionally cleaned once a year at a minimum. Most dentists recommend 6 month intervals and some may even recommend 3 month intervals. The truth is that it depends on your dental health and even your overall health. If you are prone to developing gum disease or if you had gum disease in the past, more frequent cleanings may be necessary, as will be suggested by your dentist and hygienist.
Brushing and flossing regularly are simply not enough to prevent the onset of serious dental issues. At the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide exceptional prophylactic cleanings and deep cleanings at our office in New York City. Save yourself the trouble (and expense) of a major dental problem in the future and schedule regular teeth cleaning appointments with us.
NYCCD offers a complimentary SmileChic Travel Kit when you come in for a teeth cleaning! This exciting travel bag can also be purchased for those who aren’t in need of a cleaning but still want to travel chic ($20.00).