What Is Involved in Dental Cleanings?

Young woman in dental clinic with female dentist. Visiting the dentist regularly is the best way to ensure your smile stays healthy over the years. Routine appointments include an evaluation and a dental cleaning, sometimes referred to as prophylaxis. New York, NY area patients can visit Dr. Siegelman for their next appointment to enjoy both of these services in a single visit.

What Is Involved in a Dental Cleaning?

When you go to the dentist for a dental cleaning, there are several different things that will be done to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. This typically involves using special tools and equipment to remove any plaque or tartar from your teeth, as well as checking for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. Depending on your individual situation, our dentists, Dr. Siegelman, may also provide recommendations for additional care or treatments, such as fluoride treatments, prescription mouthwashes, or dental sealants.

What if I Have a Bad Gag Reflex?

At the practice of Dr. Siegelman, we understand that you might feel uneasy about undergoing routine dental cleanings because of dental anxiety or other conditions such as a strong gag reflex. When cleaning the back teeth, this can be bothersome for a few of our patients. We can help you by administering nitrous oxide to relax you and help you feel more at ease in the dental chair, reducing the frequency of the gag reflex.

How Often Should I Have a Dental Cleaning and Examination?

It is strongly recommended by the American Dental Association, or ADA, that all patients of all ages see their dentist at least every six months to undergo an evaluation and full dental cleaning. In-between appointments, you will need to care of your smile each day, brushing and flossing after meals to remove food particles, plaque, and tartar.

Who Can I Contact for a Cleaning and Evaluation?

Whether you haven’t been to the dentist for a while or are looking for a new provider, our team is open to new and returning patients in the area of New York, NY. Call 212-974-8737 to request an appointment with Dr. Siegelman.

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