Dental check-up and cleaning

We encourage our patients to have a dental cleaning and check-up every six months.  However it may vary to individual patient considering factors such as periodontal disease, tobacco, alcohol consumption, pregnancy, diabetes, and some other medical condition. Some patients are advised to have more than two checkups a year.

What happens during a regular check-up cleaning appointment?

X-ray: If it is time for a check-up as well as cleaning, X-ray will also be taken to make sure you are free of cavities and other problems.
Scaling: performed to remove hard plaque (particularly between teeth) and tartar on the tooth surfaces especially below the gum line.
Root planning and perio pockets cleaning: this procedure smoothen the root surfaces, as bacteria is much easier to develop on rough root surface. It removes remaining plaque and calculus deposits trapped that cannot be cleaned by tooth scaling.
Polish: it is used to remove heavy stains, and rubbing on the surface of the teeth

How long does it take?

An average dental cleaning will take around 30 minutes to an hour. Again, it depends on the condition of individual patient.  For patients without having their regular cleaning for a long time may experience a longer procedure and additional scrapping to remove plaque from teeth. 

It may save you money in a long run!

By receiving regular checkup, it will keep your gums and teeth healthy, and importantly to detect any problem (such as gum disease, cavities, and also other medical problems) in the very early stage to save money for costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene. Missing your regular cleaning appointment may result in the need for deep scale cleaning later on as well.

Dental insurance for cleaning and checkups

Most dental insurance plans pay for all or a large portion of regular cleanings and checkups every six months.  You may want to take advantage of the benefits and enjoy healthy gums and teeth.