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Teeth Cleaning

On top of brushing and flossing twice a day, getting regular professional dental cleanings is the easiest and most effective way to prevent serious dental issues and health issues. Poor oral health practices have been linked to serious physical health problems such as endocarditis (an infection inside of the heart), cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia, and pregnancy complications.

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What Is Teeth Cleaning?

Routine dental cleanings are when dental hygienists remove plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other buildup from your teeth with a process called scaling. Scaling is when the dental hygienist uses metal instruments called “scalers” and jets of water to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Depending on the dentist’s office, the dental hygienist may also polish your teeth and provide a fluoride treatment. Polishing your teeth removes a layer of biofilm from the surface of teeth that encourages plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel making you less prone to cavities.

How Often Should I Receive A Professional Dental Cleaning? 

The majority of people should receive a dental cleaning at least once a year, but twice a year is ideal. Keep in mind that everyone’s oral health is different and there is no exact rule for dental care. Some people may need to see their dentist more frequently. By discussing how often you should receive professional dental cleanings with the staff at Absolute Dental, you can create a personalized dental plan for your ideal smile. 

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Why Isn’t Brushing And Flossing Enough?

While brushing and flossing twice a day is critical, these practices alone cannot remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Dental plaque that remains on your teeth leads to tartar, and tartar can only safely be removed by a dental professional.

The Dangers Of Tartar 

Although plaque can be reduced by brushing and flossing, the food you eat creates plaque when combined with the naturally occurring bacteria found in the mouth. Therefore, some plaque is unavoidable. Plaque leads to tartar, and tartar left on the teeth can lead to:

  • Teeth discoloration
  • Bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease

Prevention Is Key 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 26% of American adults have untreated cavities (also known as tooth decay) and 46% have early signs of gum disease. Left without treatment, cavities and gum disease ultimately lead to tooth loss. One of the best ways to prevent cavities and gum disease is by receiving regular dental cleanings.

Bonus Tips

Diet is also important to your oral health. Consider switching out sugary beverages and coffee for water, and switching out sweet treats for sugar-free gum. 

We Accept Most Dental Insurance

Absolute Dental is a preferred provider for most insurances, unions, and hotels that include: Aetna, Ameritas, Boon-Chapman, Caesars Palace, Cigna, Delta Dental, Diversified, Geha, Guardian, Harrah’s, HealthSCOPE Benefits, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), Humana, Liberty, Met-Life, MGM-MIRAGE, Premier Access, The Standard, Station Casinos, Teachers Health Trust, United Concordia, United Healthcare, Venetian, and The Zenith. We also accept Medicaid.

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There are different types of dental cleanings depending on the severity of the issue. If it’s been more than a year since your last dental cleaning, a deep cleaning may be necessary. Deep dental cleaning consists of all the regular aspects of a routine dental cleaning in addition to gross debridement and root planing.

Gross debridement is when the removal of plaque and tartar is extensive. Root planing is when the dental hygienist cleans below the gum line to flush out bacteria and tartar. Generally, root planing is only done when mild to moderate gum disease is present because going deep into the gums typically requires local anesthesia for pain management.

Most dental cleanings take between 30 and 60 minutes. The length of time depends on how much buildup is present. If your cleaning includes debridement and root planing, then it can take longer than 60 minutes.

Teeth cleaning costs without insurance can range significantly from around $100 to a few hundred dollars depending on your location, your age, and other factors. 

At Absolute Dental’s Reno locations, you can expect to pay $270 for a bundled deal that includes dental X-Rays, an exam, and dental cleaning. Ask about Absolute Dental’s Smile Saver program which will help you save money. Absolute Dental is also happy to accept most dental insurance plans.

Dental cleanings will go faster and more smoothly if you take proper care of your oral health at home. When it comes to brushing and flossing, the technique is important:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush (replace every 3 to 4 months)
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Point the brush toward your gum line at a 45-degree angle and move the brush gently back and forth
  • Brush the inside surfaces of the teeth by holding the toothbrush vertically and gently brushing back and forth
  • Ensure that all teeth get passed over multiple times
  • After you’re done brushing, rinse the brush until it is clean and store it upright in a clean cup to allow it to dry to reduce bacteria growth

Flossing the “old fashioned way” (with string floss) at least once a day is the best way to clean in between your teeth.

  • Get a long piece of string floss (about 18 inches long)
  • Gently wrap the floss around your middle finger
  • Grab the other end of the floss with the index finger and thumb of your other hand
  • Begin flossing by gently putting the string between your teeth
  • Gently move the floss up and down to clean the side of each tooth
  • Be sure to unravel the floss on your middle finger every few teeth so that you’re always putting a clean section in between your teeth
  • Don’t force the floss in or out. Be very gentle so as not to cause excessive gum bleeding (gums will likely bleed if you’re not a frequent flosser)

If you have braces, it’s important to ask your dentist about special tools for flossing and cleaning your teeth properly. If you have dexterity issues that make it difficult for you to floss manually with string floss, ask your dentist for the best alternative for your individual needs for cleaning between your teeth. 

Stay On Top Of Your Oral Health

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Going to the dentist and getting regular dental cleanings is the best way to maintain optimal oral health and physical health. After one professional dental cleaning, you’ll know that there is no comparison between teeth cleaning before and after. Your teeth will look better, feel better, and be healthier.

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