Teeth Cleanings Specialist

Paul Y. Roe, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Paul Y. Roe, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Bothell, WA & Maple Valley, WA

Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial, which is why insurance plans almost always cover them. Regular checkups and cleanings are the top way to prevent cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Are you overdue for a dental cleaning? Let Paul Y. Roe, DDS, and the team take care of your teeth. Schedule your cleaning online or call PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Bothell and Maple Valley, Washington, today.

Teeth Cleanings Q & A

What should I expect during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. Your PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry professional starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any can't-miss issues. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.

After that, the actual cleaning begins, and the dentist or hygienist will use a small tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Depending on the level of tartar buildup, this part of the cleaning process may take some time.

Once the plaque and tartar have been scraped away, the dentist or hygienist uses a high-powered brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough brushing, followed by professional flossing. Finally, you might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health until your next appointment.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. The American Dental Association advises working with your dentist to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.

Even when the procedure is as simple as a routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry about your personal needs is an important part of getting excellent care.

Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to his or her health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

How do dental cleanings impact my overall health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

A study published in 2016 indicated that routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The belief is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked to poor oral health. Regular dental cleanings, checkups, and conversations with your dentist are essential to maintaining good health.

Take a step toward better health. If you need a dental cleaning, book an appointment online or call PR Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today.