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How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?

December 7, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Tommy Gladnick
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A standard teeth cleaning for healthy patients typically takes around 45 to 60 minutes. However, patients managing gum disease may need a more extended dental cleaning or additional teeth cleanings throughout the year to keep their condition under control.

What Can I Expect During My Teeth Cleaning?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients see their dentist in Rockville, MD, every six months for routine teeth cleanings and checkups to maintain their smiles and dental health. 

During a teeth cleaning in Rockville, your hygienist removes the excess plaque and bacteria buildup you might've missed at home. However, plaque buildup can quickly turn into a more problematic substance called tartar that you can't remove with brushing alone, so it's essential to have a consistent brushing routine to remove plaque from your teeth daily.

Plaque and tartar buildup also contribute to gum inflammation and infection, also called gum disease, which can cause red, irritated gums that bleed during brushing or flossing. Successfully removing plaque buildup daily reduces your risk of developing conditions like gum disease and tooth decay.

Your hygienist is an excellent resource for teaching proper brushing and flossing techniques or recommending products to help improve your home care routine.

What to Expect During an Examination with Your Rockville Dentist

Your dentist in Rockville will screen you for common dental problems during your examination, like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Early detection of these concerns offers you more options for less invasive and costly treatment.

Checking your current dental restorations, like crowns or fillings, for wear or breakdown allows you to treat any problems before they become more significant.

Your dentist also checks for any changes in your mouth or dental health that might indicate oral cancer. The earlier we can find oral cancer, the better your chances are of successfully treating it.

Is It Time for Your Next Teeth Cleaning and Checkup in Rockville?

It's never too late to schedule a dental teeth cleaning in Rockville, MD, and get your smile on track! We invite you to contact Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a (301) 963-0800 today!

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