Teeth Cleaning with a Registered Dental Hygienist

For people with healthy teeth and gums, a regular six-month teeth cleaning can help maintain optimal oral health. During your teeth cleaning, our Registered Dental Hygienists will evaluate your gum and bone health, scale away tartar, polish off stain accumulations, and review your oral hygiene routine.

 

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Why Teeth Cleaning Every Six Months?

As long as your mouth is free of gum disease and heavy buildup, six months is about the average length of time for tartar and stain to accumulate to the point of needing another teeth cleaning. For individuals with a history of periodontitis, those maintenance visits may need to be as frequently as every 3-4 months. Our Dental Hygienist in Blue Ash, Batavia and Lebanon will tailor your regimen to your unique oral health circumstances.

 

Screening for Gum Disease

One of the most important parts of your teeth cleaning appointment is screening for gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, so early intervention is essential. Once gum disease has taken its toll on the tooth and supporting bone, it cannot be restored, but only managed or replaced. The dental hygienist will use a small ruler to gently measure the gum “pocket” around each of your teeth, making note of areas that you can’t clean with a toothbrush or floss. X-rays are used in conjunction with these measurements, to identify areas of bone recession.

 

Other Preventative Care Strategies

Besides having your teeth cleaned and stain polished off, our comfortable dental cleaning also provides other preventative services, such as:

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Dental Sealants — Deep grooves and pits in your back teeth are at a higher risk of cavities. Placing a protective sealant over these surfaces makes them easier to clean and lowers your chances of developing tooth decay.

Fluoride Treatment — Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, fights sensitivity, and reverses the earliest stage of tooth decay (demineralization.) Dental insurance typically covers fluoride treatments for children, but our adult patients can take advantage of the service for only $29.

Oral Cancer Screenings — This deadly disease is linked to viruses like HPV, sun exposure, and tobacco/alcohol use. Early screening could save your life. We complete a cancer exam as part of every checkup appointment. 

Diagnostic X-rays — Intermittent X-rays allow us to identify new areas of decay or bone loss around your teeth, so that we can treat them in the least invasive manner before they become worse.

  

Need Treatment?

After your teeth cleaning and exam, we’ll discuss our findings with you. Should you need any type of restorative or therapeutic treatment, we’ll create an individual care plan that outlines the procedures, appointments, and costs involved. Ultimately, we do our best to keep the prices as low as possible, working closely with your insurance carrier as well as providing an in-house savings plan. From there, you can decide when to move forward with the next steps.

 

Cost of Teeth Cleanings

The great thing about scheduling regular teeth cleanings is that they’re usually covered by your dental insurance every six months. Taking advantage of this proactive service can help you reduce any out-of-pocket costs on future dental treatments, as problems are addressed when they’re smaller. And if you don’t have dental insurance, you can join our in-house discount plan at any time.

Investing in routine preventative care practically pays for itself. Seeing our dentists in Blue Ash, Batavia and Lebanon on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep your future dental needs to a minimum.

  

Are You Due for a Teeth Cleaning?

If it’s been six months or longer since your last checkup with a Dental Hygienist — or you’re noticing signs of tartar buildup or bleeding gums — call Moorehead Family Dentistry to request your next appointment for a teeth cleaning.

  

View a Digital Smile Makeover

While you’re here, take advantage of our digital smile makeover preview system. With just a photograph of your smile and a few clicks of the mouse, you can see what your teeth would look like with whitening, veneers, orthodontics, or other cosmetic enhancements. If you’ve always wanted to know what your smile could look like by making a few changes, this complimentary service is a great resource!