Dental Cleaning

John H Ko, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

John H Ko, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Pleasanton, CA

There is a good reason that insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling John H Ko DDS in Pleasanton, California.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What should I expect during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. Dr. Ko starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any glaring problems. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.

Next, it's time for the actual cleaning to begin. The hygienist or dentist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. A scaler is a small metal dental instrument. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the hygienist or dentist uses a unique, high-powered brush and polishing toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly. After the brushing, you receive a professional flossing. Lastly, you may receive a fluoride treatment to support healthy tooth enamel and fight bacteria until your next appointment.

How often should I go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning?

Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. The American Dental Association, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your unique dental cleaning needs.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with Dr. Ko about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. Meet your dental health needs by following a plan that's been designed just for you, not by following a general plan for the average person.

How do dental cleanings impact my overall health?

Oral health and overall health are closely related. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

There's a chance that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia, suggest the findings of a 2016 study. The belief is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been linked to oral health. Regular six-month dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, schedule your appointment online or call John H Ko DDS today.