Teeth Cleaning

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial, which is why insurance plans almost always cover them. Routine cleanings and examinations are the best way to ward off cavities and gum disease. Can't remember when you had your last teeth cleaning? Let's take care of it together. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Hyun S. Bang, DDS, at her practice in San Francisco.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. A dental professional at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, visually looks at your gums and teeth, checking for any can't-miss issues. At this point, you may also be taken for X-rays.

The actual teeth 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.

After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, 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 might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health until your next cleaning.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

How often your teeth need to be cleaned varies from person to person. 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.

The American Dental Association advises working with your dentist to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with the dental experts at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, about your situation is an essential part of getting exceptional care.

Every man, woman, and child has different circumstances. 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?

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 belief is that dental cleanings lessen the number of bacteria reaching your lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been linked to poor oral health. Regular dental cleanings, checkups, and conversations with your dentist all play a crucial role in maintaining exceptional health.

If you're due for a dental cleaning, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or schedule your appointment online.