A regular teeth cleaning is crucial for protecting your oral health. At Laser Dental Group in Union, New Jersey, the experienced team offers comprehensive teeth cleanings for people of all ages. Teeth cleanings keep your teeth and gums healthy to prevent future dental problems. To schedule a teeth cleaning with an experienced hygienist, call Laser Dental Group or book an appointment online today.

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What is a teeth cleaning?

A teeth cleaning is a preventive dental treatment that removes plaque and tartar — hardened plaque — from your teeth and gums. Regular teeth cleanings provide the foundation for good oral health. They’re quick, painless, and give your dentist an opportunity to detect warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other common dental issues.

How often do I need a teeth cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least once a year for a comprehensive teeth cleaning. However, coming to Laser Dental Group for a teeth cleaning once every six months helps ensure your teeth remain healthy and cavity-free.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

A teeth cleaning involves more than simply cleaning your teeth. It’s typically a full dental exam that includes several steps, such as:

Dental exam

Every teeth cleaning includes a full exam of your mouth. This may involve taking X-rays, but it doesn’t always. A dental exam helps your dentist spot signs of tooth decay, gum disease, abnormal growths, and teeth grinding.

Plaque and tartar removal

Using a small mirror and dental tools, your dentist carefully removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and around your gum line. If you have plaque beneath your gum line, you may need to return at a later date for a deep cleaning.

Laser Dental Group also offers laser dental treatments that can gently remove plaque and tartar while eliminating bacteria. These procedures are generally more gentle than ones performed with traditional dental tools.

Toothpaste cleaning

Toward the end of your cleaning, your dentist uses an electric brush to scrub any leftover debris from your teeth. They also use floss to remove plaque and debris from in between your teeth.

Fluoride treatment

After rinsing away the toothpaste and any residual debris and bacteria from your mouth, your dentist may apply a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens and protects your teeth. Fluoride treatments come in foamy gels and varnishes, and your dentist can decide which type is best for you.

Along with regular brushing and flossing, teeth cleanings are the best way to protect your teeth and prevent cavities. To learn more, call Laser Dental Group or schedule an appointment online today.