Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning Specialist
Even patients who regularly brush and floss can’t possibly get rid of all of the plaque and tartar that builds up in tough-to-reach spots. To best ensure long-term oral health, patients should have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year and examined by a dentist, such as Dr. Pamela Hunte, located in the midtown neighborhood of New York City.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Pamela L. Hunte D.D.S.

What are teeth cleanings?

Teeth cleanings remove plaque and tartar that patients simply can’t reach on their own. If not removed these substances can lead to cavities, decay, and even tooth loss. Professional teeth cleanings also provide Dr. Hunte with the opportunity to check for signs of dental problems or diseases that could affect oral health. She will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. In addition to a physical examination, X-rays may be taken. Problems that are found early are more easily and successfully treated, which helps lower the risk of complications.

Why are teeth cleanings necessary?

Teeth cleanings enable all traces of food particles and tartar buildup to be removed from patient's’ teeth. These cleanings involve the use of dental instruments that are able to scrape away tartar that normal toothbrushes can't. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is the best prevention against gum disease and tooth loss. In addition, research shows that good oral health is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, bone loss, and stroke.

How often should patients have teeth cleanings done?

Healthy patients should have professional teeth cleanings twice a year. Those at increased risk of certain dental problems, such as periodontal disease, may be recommended to come for more frequent visits.

How else can patients lower the risk of tooth decay and gum problems?

Routine cleanings are an essential part of dental care for those who want healthy teeth and gums. In addition to these cleanings, patients should also watch what they eat and brush their teeth twice each day, and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing reduces the risk of decay and gum disease. Limiting sugary or starchy foods also helps prevent bacteria from building up on the teeth. Call Pamela Hunte D.D.S. to schedule your next teeth cleaning or book an appointment online.

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