How often should I schedule comprehensive dental exams and cleanings?
Most patients only need to schedule routine dental appointments twice per year. If you have gum disease or periodontitis, we may want you to visit our office three or four times per year for a thorough cleaning and exam to ensure that your gums are clean and healthy. If your first visit with our team is coming up, we can advise you on the ideal number of dental cleanings and exams you should schedule after we assess your smile.
What are the benefits of regular professional teeth cleanings and exams?
Regular teeth cleanings and comprehensive dental exams come with a whole host of benefits for patients. These routine appointments are almost always covered by dental insurance, meaning there are little to no out-of-pocket costs for insured patients. Other benefits of routine cleanings and exams include:
- Issues can be Diagnosed and Treated Early
- Save Time, Money, and Pain in the Long Run
- Necessary for Thorough Tartar and Plaque Removal
- Help Prevent Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease
- Help Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities
- Reduce Bad Breath
How long does a teeth cleaning take?
Routine appointments that include teeth cleaning and comprehensive dental exam usually take about thirty minutes to an hour. Additional preventive dental services like fluoride treatments or dental sealant applications can make appointments last closer to an hour. If you have any questions or concerns for our team, or you’d like to discuss adding different services to your treatment plan, we’d be more than happy to help. We reserve these time frames just for you, so please don’t hesitate to ask anything you want!
Do teeth cleanings hurt?
Teeth cleanings should not be painful, but if you know you have sensitive teeth and gums, please let our team know and we will do our best to be as gentle as possible. Flossing your teeth every day and scheduling regular cleanings can help with reducing discomfort during cleanings as there is generally less for your hygienist to clean. You can also try using a desensitizing toothpaste to help with sensitivity. If you consistently experience anxiety during teeth cleanings, Farmington Dental also offers dental sedation options.