Why Are Dental Cleanings Important?
Though you may brush and floss your teeth meticulously at home, it is still very important for your health and smile to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice each year. Our talented hygiene team performs gentle dental cleanings (prophylaxis) on adults and children to eliminate plaque and tartar and polish your teeth for a healthier, brighter smile. During your appointment, we will also personalize oral hygiene tips on caring for your teeth at home and help devise a plan for improving any areas that need special attention. During your routine dental cleaning visits, one of our experienced general dentists will also check for any problem areas in your mouth that may require treatment, and a pediatric dentist will check your child's mouth. Professional dental cleanings are an important step in maintaining your family's oral health. Our Wyomissing and Reading, PA area offices offer extended hours to make fitting dental cleanings into your busy schedule highly convenient and accommodating.
How Are Dental Cleanings Personalized?
Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis is essential to maintaining good oral and overall health. But how you maintain your teeth and gums between dental visits is also very important. One of our dental hygienists will review your oral health needs and the needs of your children and discuss any concerns you have. Our team can then personalize oral hygiene recommendations for your whole family to help you maintain your oral health at home in the best possible way. This may include specific toothbrushing or flossing techniques, adjunctive hygiene products or rinses, or foods or beverages that may be best to avoid. We are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones enjoy the lasting advantages of good oral hygiene!
Dental Cleaning Reviews
"I visited the State Hill Rd office today for the first time and felt so comfortable. I almost forget I was there for a teeth cleaning. I very much appreciate the staff for making me feel so welcomed and for a person like myself that does not care for the dentist. I am looking forward to my next visit. Thank you guys."- L. / Google / Aug 03, 2022
"After being at another pediatric dentist for a couple years, I can tell you that Grove is the way to go! The staff is incredibly friendly and patient. Getting an appointment is very easy and there is no waiting lists you have to wait months for. My son was having a problem and Grove saw him ASAP. Our previous peds dentist had him on a cancellation list for the same problem. My girls had a cleaning that we were able to push back an hour when we couldn’t get there on time (a double appointment!). Super impressed with this place and my kids love it there! Thank you Grove!"- J.S. / Google / Oct 07, 2022
"Great practice and excellent staff. Everyone works well together to insure you have a great experience. Jenna is the best hygienist (hope i got her title correct) they have. My last appointment i had a periodontal teeth cleaning and everything went as usual. So if your new to the area or just looking to switch dentist's this is the place for you!"- C.A. / Google / Jan 31, 2023
"I really can't say enough about how great my experience has been with Grove Dental, especially Bry Crawford. She understands my fear of dental procedures. She is gentle but thorough will my cleaning. Everyone is so kind and helpful. LOVE Grove Dental!!"- T.S. / Google / Mar 14, 2023
"Such lovely people and they do a thorough cleaning!"- A.W. / Google / May 23, 2023
Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that individuals have professional dental cleanings at least twice per year — and that goes for children, too. In fact, it's recommended that children have their first dental appointment around age one. After the initial appointment, our dental practitioners can help parents determine when to schedule the next dental appointment. A professional cleaning can help patients of all ages reduce their risk of developing oral diseases, like tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease, since built-up plaque (the main culprit behind these concerns) is removed. Surface stains caused by consuming coffee, tea, and other products can also be minimized during professional teeth cleaning procedures. If you want to freshen your breath, brighten your smile, improve your oral health, and save money in the long run, schedule professional cleanings for your whole family at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics.
What Can I Expect During My Teeth Cleaning?
Once you or your child are situated and comfortable in one of our treatment rooms, we will begin the dental cleaning. Our pediatric dentists and child-friendly hygienists are keenly aware of children's special needs during these visits and are here to help your child stay safe and comfortable during their appointment. To begin, special equipment will be used to gently remove plaque and tartar buildup while preserving the enamel. To start, an ultrasonic device will remove large pieces of tartar and plaque deposits with a lubricating mist and high-speed vibrations. A handheld instrument, like a curette or scaler, will then be used to remove smaller pieces and fine-scale harder to reach areas. When the teeth have been cleaned, your enamel will be carefully polished to remove stains and provide a smooth finish. If requested or needed, a professional fluoride treatment can be performed after your cleaning. Our hygienists will also monitor your gum health from visit to visit and offer tips on how to maximize your oral hygiene techniques each day when you are brushing and flossing. In many cases, dental exams are also provided by our general dentists during prophylaxis visits.
How Often Do I Need Teeth Cleanings?
In general, dental cleanings are performed on a biannual basis for adults and children. However, we may recommend cleanings more frequently if you have other oral health concerns, like periodontal disease, or if keeping good oral hygiene is a challenge, such as when wearing braces. Throughout your treatment, our clinical staff will help you establish a routine for good oral health at home by demonstrating techniques or recommending products that will focus on your needs. Routine dental cleanings at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics are an excellent way to help reduce your family's risk of cavities, gum disease, and other concerns and keep those smiles both healthy and happy.
Are Teeth Cleanings Covered By Insurance?
A dental prophylaxis is a preventive treatment and is generally covered biannually by most dental insurance plans. A member of our office will contact your insurance company to learn about your specific coverage and let you know of any anticipated uncovered costs. Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics strives to make dental cleanings affordable and convenient for all patients and offers a variety of flexible payment solutions, including an in-house dental loyalty plan and special financing options.
Dental Cleaning FAQ
What foods should I avoid after a teeth cleaning?
After your dental cleaning, we suggest you avoid any foods that are acidic, spicy, or that have been heavily seasoned, as you may experience some sensitivity and irriation following your cleaning.
How do I keep my teeth clean after my appointment?
Once you leave your dental cleaning at our Wyomissing, PA office, you'll likely be pretty motivated to keep up your results. To do this, we suggest you:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Brush and/or use a water rinse after eating
- Use a bacteria-killing mouthwash daily
What happens if I don’t get my teeth cleaned?
When you don't have routine dental cleanings, it can lead to tartar buildup and plaque on your teeth. The bacterias cause by tartar and plaque relase an acid that can cause your tooth enamal to errod and your gums to become inflammed. This can lead to a variety of issues, such as tooth decay, discoloration, gum disease, and even lost teeth. Dental cleanings are meant to eliminiate tartar buildup and plaque on the teeth, which create harmful bacterials that are often difficult to get rid of at home.
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Maintain a Bright, Healthy Smile
Help keep your and your children's teeth healthy and bright with dental cleanings at least two times per year at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics. Our caring team works with both adults and children in Wyomissing and Reading, PA to boost oral health by removing plaque, tartar, and surface stains. A vital procedure in a preventive oral health plan, routine teeth cleanings can lessen the chance of needing more extensive care down the road. Reach out to our friendly staff today to schedule your family's preventive care visits!
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