Dental Cleanings

General Dentists located in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, NY

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are a crucial part of your overall oral and whole-body health. At Alvarez Smile Design in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, skilled general dentist Bradley Alvarez, DMD, and the team understand the importance of maintaining optimal oral health for a brighter smile and a healthier you. The practice is dedicated to providing top-notch dental cleaning services tailored to your needs. Call the New York City office or reach out online today to schedule a dental cleaning appointment.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Regular dental cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health. They help prevent many issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath, that can impact the health of your mouth and whole body. 

A leading cause of dental health issues begins with plaque buildup. This sticky film of bacteria can accumulate on teeth and gums, leading to more severe problems if left untreated. Professional dental cleanings remove this buildup, ensuring your teeth stay strong and free from potential threats.

At Alvarez Smile Design, the team emphasizes the significance and benefits of routine dental cleanings for the following.

Preventing cavities

By removing plaque and tartar, the team can help safeguard your teeth against decay. If left untreated, decaying teeth may become infected, which can spread throughout the body, negatively impacting overall health and wellness.

Gum disease prevention

Regular cleanings contribute to the prevention of gum disease, protecting your overall oral health. The inflammation from gum disease has been found to increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. 

Fresh breath

The team at Alvarez Smile Design can eliminate the bacteria causing persistent bad breath, medically known as halitosis. However, if your halitosis continues, it can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, like gastroesophageal reflux disease and diabetes, that needs additional treatment.

What can I expect during a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a straightforward, comfortable procedure. The dedicated dental hygienists use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar, focusing on hard-to-reach areas that regular brushing and flossing may miss.

The dental cleaning process at Alvarez Smile Design includes:

  • A full oral exam
  • Gritty toothpaste cleaning
  • Expert flossing
  • Plaque and tartar removal
  • Rinsing
  • Polishing
  • Fluoride treatment

You may also receive X-rays, which are typically done yearly, and scaling and planing if your gums require a deeper clean.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned by a dentist?

The frequency of dental cleanings depends on your individual oral health needs, and the team can instruct you on the schedule that best suits those needs.

For many, biannual cleanings are sufficient to maintain optimal oral health; however, the team may create a personalized cleaning plan with additional visits if you have gum disease, extensive plaque build-up, severe decay, or other specific dental issues that may require more frequent cleanings for comprehensive care.

To learn more about the benefits of regular dental cleanings and schedule a consultation, contact the Alvarez Smile Design office today or book an appointment online.