Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

Teeth cleanings are incredibly beneficial, which is why insurance plans almost always cover them. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Are you overdue for a teeth cleaning? Let our team take care of your teeth. Request your cleaning appointment today online or call Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleanings begin with an exam. A dental professional at Sunrise Dental visually examines your gums and teeth, checking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays will be taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment if required.

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

After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, 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 receive a fluoride treatment to support healthy tooth enamel and fight bacteria between office visits.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Your teeth 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, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your unique teeth cleaning needs.

Whether you need a quick teeth cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to the professionals at Sunrise Dental of Seattle/Ballard about your unique situation is critical to receiving outstanding 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.

Can teeth cleanings affect other aspects of my health?

The health of your mouth and your general health go hand in hand. Given that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, oral health is essential to good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular teeth cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that teeth cleanings cut back on the number of bacteria that enter your lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked to poor oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.

If it's time for your next teeth cleaning, call Sunrise Dental of Seattle/Ballard or book an appointment online.