Teeth Cleanings in Sacramento

Why Are Teeth Cleanings Important?

Routine teeth cleanings are the best way for dentists like Dr. Jeron Winslow to keep track of your oral health, and are a key part of preventive dentistry in Sacramento. They can help prevent common oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay, which saves you time and money and gives you peace of mind. Contact us now to schedule an appointment at New Essence Dentistry today.

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Did you know…

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Teeth cleanings are usually covered by dental insurance for no out-of-pocket cost. Make the most of your benefits!

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What to expect at your teeth cleaning

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X-rays

X-rays are usually taken once each year from our Sacramento office to check for hidden oral health issues.

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Scraping away plaque & tartar

Your hygienist will use special tools to scrape tartar and plaque off of your teeth, eliminating stains and keeping your teeth clean and healthy.

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Polishing your teeth

Your hygienist will use a gritty toothpaste with a high-powered buffing tool to polish your smile and clean your teeth.

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flossing

As the final step before your exam, your hygienist will floss between your teeth to remove any remaining debris from your smile.

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Oral exam

Dr. Winslow will talk with your hygienist, examine your x-rays and your mouth, and discuss his findings with you.

Have questions about teeth cleanings? Find answers here.

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How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

The ADA (American Dental Association) and all other major dental associations recommend that patients see the dentist for teeth cleanings and oral exams every six months, and that’s our recommendation at New Essence Dentistry, too.

Six-month cleanings ensure that your Sacramento dentist can keep a close eye on your oral health, and that they can catch issues like gum disease or tooth decay early before they become serious. So make sure you come and visit our team every six months for the dental care you need in Sacramento.

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What’s the Difference Between a Teeth Cleaning and a Deep Cleaning?

A “deep cleaning” is a specialized treatment that’s only required for patients who have gum disease. This procedure is also called “scaling and root planing.” It is much more invasive than a teeth cleaning. 

A deep cleaning involves a dentist using special tools to clean deep between the teeth and gums. Your mouth must be numbed for this, and the procedure is done on one half of your mouth at a time, so you’ll need two appointments at New Essence Dentistry.

Unless you have gum disease, you do not need a deep cleaning. Dr. Winslow will examine your teeth and gums during your appointment to check for signs of gum disease.

How Do I Take Care of My Teeth After a Cleaning?

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You don’t have to do anything special. Just brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once per day to keep your smile healthy and bright. You may also want to consider making lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of future oral health issues, such as cutting back on sweetened drinks or alcohol, quitting smoking, or ceasing the use of oral tobacco.