Teeth Cleaning & Dental Checkups in Coral Springs

The Teeth Cleaning Procedure

When you come in for a cleaning, your dental hygienist identifies and removes plaque—a soft film that can be removed by brushing—and tartar—a hardened plaque that requires dental instruments for removal. We make every effort to clean all surfaces of your teeth, including the tiny spaces between your teeth and along gum lines where bacteria gather.

We often complete the cleaning with prophy paste. Its coarse quality removes any remaining plaque as it dissolves into a finer texture, leaving the teeth shiny and smooth. We inform you of any areas where plaque and tartar build-up, so you can give those places extra attention by flossing and brushing each day. Our goal is to enable you to easily and effectively care for your teeth.

“I had a wonderfully professional cleaning where I felt my comfort was taken into consideration as well as my health.”

~ Mary N.

What to Expect at Your First Checkup

Our dental cleaning appointments are about an hour long, and new patient visits typically last a bit longer. We take pride in getting to know each of our patients and tailoring treatments to every individual’s health needs and goals. Here’s what to expect the first time you come to our office:

  • Dental History—A hygienist will gather dental and medical histories to give us a clear picture of your current health, including any medical conditions that can impact dental treatment.
  • Digital X-rays—We take digital X-rays as diagnostic material for your comprehensive oral exam. If you have had X-rays taken within the last 12 months, please have them sent to our office. If you are unable to have X-rays taken, please inform the hygienist as you give your medical history.
  • Oral Screening and Teeth Exams—After we perform oral cancer/lesion screening for symptoms of cancer and other illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, we examine your teeth for decay.
  • Gum Evaluation and Teeth Cleanings—Our hygienist will evaluate your gums, measuring periodontal pockets with a probe, and clean your teeth by identifying and removing areas of tartar, plaque, and calculus.
  • Oral Hygiene Habits—We end your visit by reviewing and reinforcing proper oral hygiene.

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Teeth Cleaning & Check-Ups FAQs

Are there different kinds of teeth cleanings?

No. Prophylaxis—a fancy word for teeth cleaning—is the only dental procedure of its kind. Prophylaxis involves routine teeth cleaning every six months.

The procedures that are sometimes called “cleanings” are actually periodontal treatments:

  • Full Mouth Debridement—a pre-cleaning for those with severe calculus build-up.
  • Scaling and Root Planing—a deep cleaning for those with early stages of gum disease.
  • Perio Maintenance—a periodontal cleaning for those with a history of gum disease.

Why is it important to have consistent teeth cleanings and checkups?

Routine checkups are an essential part of proper oral hygiene. Some of the benefits of regular teeth cleanings include:

    • Plaque Removal: Tartar and plaque buildup, even with proper home care, can lead to serious gum problems. Dentists and hygienists use specialized equipment to effectively remove debris and bacteria from gum pockets.
    • Healthier Smile: Prophylaxis removes stains, enhancing the appearance of your smile.
    • Fresher Breath: Regular plaque and bacteria removal can significantly improve halitosis and reduce infection risk associated with gum disease.

What happens when we miss teeth cleanings?

Failure to keep up on proper oral hygiene can lead to:

  • An impaired ability to eat and digest foods leads to nutritional and systemic problems.
  • Bad breath resulting from advancing periodontal disease and/or rotting food particles.
  • Negative effects on cardiovascular well-being and overall health.
  • Gum infection and gangrene.

How Much Does it Cost to Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

Most dental insurance policies include benefits that cover teeth cleanings. After all, not maintaining good oral hygiene will most likely lead to astronomical costs down the road, as failure to keep up with teeth cleanings often leads to serious and expensive health problems. Every patient’s budgetary situation is different, so we are happy to discuss yours with you. At a consultation, we present any possible costs upfront to help you navigate your insurance benefits. Our main objective is to help you have a successful oral health experience.