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Teeth Cleaning

Regular teeth cleaning provided at our Long Island, NY, practice can help you maintain excellent oral health for a lifetime. Biannual cleanings help to prevent a buildup of bacteria and plaque that can eventually lead to cavities, gum disease, and other concerns. At Greater Long Island Dental Health Associates, Stephen E. Rogers, DMD, and his team use very gentle techniques to perform cleanings. Meanwhile, we can help improve your brushing and flossing techniques. Dental cleanings are just one aspect of our preventive services designed to help you achieve and maintain excellent oral health.

Why Are Dental Cleanings So Important?

When oral bacteria build up, they can cause a host of problems. Once a cavity develops, it can eventually result in a tooth infection requiring a root canal or even extraction. Furthermore, bacteria can spread to your gums, leading to periodontal disease. This condition can cause chronic bad breath, gum inflammation, and even tooth loss. However, research strongly indicates that periodontal disease can also increase your risk of pneumonia, heart disease, and other serious health conditions. Regular cleanings are a simple way to not only ensure excellent oral health, but also safeguard your overall health.

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Once decay advances to the soft tissue within a tooth, a root canal or extraction may become necessary. Regular cleanings can help you avoid infection and tooth loss.

While daily brushing and flossing are important, these routines are not guaranteed to remove all bacteria from your teeth. That is why it is important to visit our office twice a year. In addition to completely removing plaque and bacteria, we can also check for the earliest signs of decay and gum disease, providing treatment before the conditions become advanced. If you have a history of cavities or periodontitis, more frequent visits may be appropriate.

What to Expect during Your Dental Cleaning

When you come in for your cleaning, your hygienist will carefully remove any plaque or tartar from your teeth. Our hygienists are thorough and precise. They use refined techniques to maintain your comfort as they perform your cleaning. Once your teeth are clean, your hygienist will polish them to give your smile a healthy sparkle.

Additional Preventive Services

Even with regular office visits, at-home care is still essential. That is why each appointment will include a discussion of your regular dental hygiene practices. We can then make suggestions to improve your care. For example, we may show you more effective ways to brush or floss. We could also recommend certain toothpastes or mouthwashes that are appropriate for your needs. Dietary changes can also be helpful, since simple carbohydrates and refined sugars often lead to tooth decay.

Dental cleanings almost always take place in conjunction with a routine exam. The dentist will use the advanced DIAGNOdent® laser cavity detection system to look for the very earliest signs of cavities. Oral cancer screenings and digital x-rays are also important. We usually take x-rays at every other visit.

Contact Us to Book an Appointment

With our outstanding care, it is easy to experience excellent lifelong oral health. Contact our office online to schedule a dental cleaning, or give us a call at (516) 468-7103.

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