Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Richard A. Harmetz, DDS

General and Artistic Dentists located in San Diego, CA

Dental cleanings are very valuable — that's why insurance plans almost always cover them. Routine cleanings and examinations are the best way to ward off cavities and to keep your gums healthy. Can't remember when you had your last cleaning? Top-rated general dentist Richard A. Harmetz, DDS can help. To schedule your next cleaning and exam today, call his San Diego office or book an appointment online.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. Dr. Harmetz looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any apparent abnormalities. At this point, you may also have X-rays.

The actual dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays. Dr. Harmetz or his hygienist use a small metal tool with pointed ends to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. Depending on the level of tartar buildup, this part of the cleaning process may take some time.

After the plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, Dr. Harmetz or his hygienist brush and polish your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste. The brushing is followed by a professional flossing. You may also receive a fluoride treatment to support healthy tooth enamel and fight bacteria between office visits.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year. The American Dental Association advises working with your dentist to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.

Even when the procedure is as simple as a routine dental cleaning, talking to Dr. Harmetz about your unique situation is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

Do dental cleanings impact other aspects of my health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is connected to your body, making oral health fundamental for good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The belief is that dental cleanings cut back on the number of bacteria that enter your lungs.

Kidney disease, diabetes, heart health, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, all play a crucial role in maintaining exceptional health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, book an appointment online or call Dr. Harmetz’s office today.