Professional Teeth Cleaning in Clermont, FL

The best way to prevent dental problems tomorrow is to take care of your teeth today. Besides regular brushing and flossing, you’ll also want to visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. At Clermont Lakes Dental Care, we provide professional teeth cleanings in Clermont, FL, to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.   

Why Should You Get a Professional Teeth Cleaning?  

Although home-based tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque (a sticky film of bacteria and food), only a professional cleaning at the dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened plaque (called calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth. Professional teeth cleaning can also remove plaque and tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas with at-home brushing and flossing. There are several benefits of preventative dental care:  

  • Prevention of cavities and gum disease: The acids in plaque remove minerals in your tooth’s hard outer enamel causing tiny openings or holes in the enamel — the first stage of cavities. Additionally, tartar makes plaque more difficult to remove and creates a shield for bacteria that irritate and inflame the gums, causing gingivitis (early-stage gum disease). You can help prevent these oral health issues by maintaining your regular dental cleaning appointments. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more damage they can do.  
  • Protect against other body illnesses: Untreated gum infections and cavities can lead to tooth loss, but the issues do not end there. Oral conditions that allow bacteria to thrive, like gum disease, can contribute to various diseases or health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, premature births, or low birth weight. 
  • Remove some built-up stains: Poor dental hygiene and the accumulation of plaque and tartar can lead to teeth discoloration. Your teeth are expertly polished during a professional cleaning, removing these stains.   
    • Scheduling regular dental cleanings is the best way to save money on potential dental treatments by preventing them. You can avoid costly restorative treatments like root canal therapy and dental implants by preventing gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss.   

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How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?  

For most people, getting a professional dental cleaning twice a year is recommended, but if you have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease, you may need more frequent teeth cleanings. Dr. Wakim will recommend the right cleaning frequency based on your oral health, lifestyle, and overall health.

How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?  

Dental cleaning generally takes around 30 minutes, but it may take closer to an hour if your oral health is poor and you have cavities and tartar buildup. The average cost of professional teeth cleaning ranges between $70 and $200, but this cost is usually covered by dental insurance.

What Happens at a Dental Cleaning Appointment?  

Here’s what you can expect at a dental cleaning appointment in Clermont Lakes Dental Care:   

  • Removal of plaque and tartar: The dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar around your gum line and between your teeth using a dental scaler. You may hear some scraping on your teeth, but you should not experience discomfort.  
  • Tooth polishing: We will then use a high-powered toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to brush your teeth and remove any remaining plaque and tartar as well as surface stains. This brush makes a high-pitched buzzing sound, but it doesn’t hurt.   
  • Expert floss and rinse: After polishing your teeth, the hygienist will expertly floss between your teeth and gums. This might seem pointless if you floss at home, but a professional can get into areas you may have missed. We’ll then rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris, residue, and toothpaste.   

Schedule Your Dental Cleaning Appointment!  

At Clermont Lakes Dental Care, we provide comprehensive dental cleanings in Clermont, FL, to help prevent costly and potentially painful dental problems. If it’s been a while since your last dental cleaning, please get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.