Dental Exam And Cleaning Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, 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. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Smile Now® Dental in Arlington, Tacoma, and Spanaway, Washington.

Dental Exam and Cleaning Q & A

What should I expect during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. A dental professional at Smile Now Dental visually looks at your gums and teeth, checking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays will be taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment if required.

The actual dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays. The hygienist or dentist uses a small metal tool with pointed ends to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. This step could take longer if you've skipped a cleaning or two.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. They will also give you professional flossing. Finally, you may receive a fluoride treatment to support healthy tooth enamel and fight bacteria until your next visit.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. The usual recommendation is twice a year, but people with specific dental problems may need to schedule more frequent cleanings. 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 routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at Smile Now Dental 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 the right care for you is to follow a program that's tailored to your needs, not an "off-the-shelf" one that's made for the average person.

How do dental cleanings impact my overall health?

Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

According to the results of a 2016 study, regular dental cleanings could help reduce the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut back on the number of bacteria that enter your lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been connected to oral health. Regular dental cleanings, checkups, and conversations with your dentist are an integral part of maintaining good health.

If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, book an appointment online or call Smile Now Dental today.