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Dental Cleaning

Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC

Have you ever wondered why insurance plans usually cover dental cleanings? It's because cleanings work. Regular checkups and cleanings are the top way to prevent cavities and to help your natural teeth last a lifetime. Can't remember when you had your last cleaning? Visit Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, and let's take care of it together. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC in Washington DC.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. Your Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC professional looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any glaring problems. X-rays may be considered if you're due for them.

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 part may go quickly, or it may take some time. It depends on how much plaque and tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the dentist or hygienist uses a high-powered brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough brushing, followed by a professional flossing. 

Finally, you may be given a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities and tooth decay until your next cleaning.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Your dental cleaning frequency is unique to you. The usual recommendation is twice a year, but people with specific dental problems may need to schedule more frequent cleanings. 

The American Dental Association recommends discussing your personal dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with the dental experts at Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC about your unique situation is an important part of getting excellent care.

Every man, woman, and child has different circumstances. Your best approach for dental care is to follow a plan that's designed just for you, not one that's designed for the average person.

How do dental cleanings impact my overall health?

The health of your mouth and your general health go hand in hand. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked 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 Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS, PC or book an appointment online.