Dental Cleanings

Michelle de la Vega, DDS -  - Family Dentistry

Genesis Dentistry Dental Group

Michelle de la Vega, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Santa Clara, CA

Brushing your teeth at home might feel like second nature after a while, but professional dental cleanings take necessary planning. At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group in Santa Clara, California, Michelle de la Vega, DDS, provides thorough adult and pediatric dental cleanings to keep your teeth intact and looking fantastic. Book a dental cleaning for yourself or your child at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group by phone or online today.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

Why are professional dental cleanings important?

Dental cleanings are an essential step in keeping up with your oral health. In fact, professional dental cleanings are as important as brushing your teeth every day, even though you don’t have to undergo them nearly as often. 

At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group, Dr. de la Vega provides simple, pain-free teeth cleaning appointments for the whole family. At your cleaning appointment, you have the opportunity to ask her questions about your oral health and report any issues that arise. Cleanings are also important because they:

  • Help prevent tooth decay
  • Help prevent gum disease
  • Allow you to catch and treat complications early
  • Reduce some stains that don’t lighten with normal brushing

Research shows a very strong link between oral health and overall health. In fact, gum disease and other oral health complications might increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other dire conditions.

What happens during a professional dental cleaning?

A standard dental cleaning appointment for both adults and children at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group consists of two parts: a thorough cleaning and a physical examination of your mouth. 

During the examination portion, Dr. de la Vega uses a tiny mirror that reaches into the back of your mouth to view the backsides of your teeth. She checks for inflammation, visible cavities, and other concerning symptoms. She might order an X-ray for an inside view of your teeth and jawbone.

Cleaning your teeth is a multi-step process. It consists of:

  • Scaling (scraping) your teeth to remove hardened plaque and tartar
  • Polishing your teeth with a grainy paste
  • Meticulous flossing between your teeth
  • A thorough rinse with fluoride
  • A protective fluoride treatment

For the fluoride treatment, Dr. de la Vega fills an arched tray with flavored foamy gel fluoride and fits it over your teeth for a minute. She may also paint your teeth with a fast-hardening varnish for an added layer of protection against cavities. 

How often should I get professional dental cleanings?

For maximum benefits, Dr. de la Vega recommends getting dental cleanings for yourself and your children twice each year, or once every six months. This allows ample time between cleanings to practice and improve your own oral hygiene habits at home. 

If your teeth are especially prone to damage or disease, Dr. de la Vega might tell you to come for cleanings more often.

To book an adult dental cleaning for yourself or a pediatric dental cleaning for your child, call Genesis Dentistry Dental Group or reserve an appointment online today.