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Dental Cleanings

Rifkin Dental

Dentists located in Carmel, NY & Yorktown Heights, NY

Have you ever wondered why insurance plans usually cover dental cleanings? It's because cleanings work. Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep your gums healthy. Can't remember when you had your last cleaning? Let's take care of it together. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Rifkin Dental in Yorktown Heights and Carmel, New York.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

What Should I Expect During a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. Your Rifkin Dental professional looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any apparent abnormalities. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.

After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. The dentist or hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

After the plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, the hygienist or dentist uses a unique, high-powered brush and polishing toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly. After the brushing, you receive a professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next cleaning.

How Often Should I Schedule Cleanings?

Your dental cleaning frequency is unique to you. 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. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even when the procedure is as simple as a routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at Rifkin Dental about your unique situation is an essential part of getting exceptional care.

Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to his or her health. Meet your dental health needs by following a plan that's been designed just for you, not by following a general plan for the average person.

Can Dental Cleanings Affect Other Aspects of Health?

Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.

If you're due for a dental cleaning, call Rifkin Dental or book an appointment online.