How often do you need a professional cleaning?

In general, we advise our Northridge patients to visit Northridge.Dental for a deep professional cleaning every six months. During that appointment, we will clean your teeth and perform a full dental examination to diagnose and treat any dental issues that may impact your oral health. It’s important to keep these appointments even if you regularly brush and floss, as our professionals are able to care for your teeth in a way that simply isn’t attainable at home.

Do professional cleanings hurt?

Many of our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients dislike going to the dentist because they have experienced a painful dental cleaning in the past. However, there’s simply no such thing as a painful or even uncomfortable cleaning at Northridge.Dental. Our dental professionals put your comfort first, and we’ll do everything within our power to clean your teeth and gums in a way that results in absolutely no discomfort for you.

What to expect during your professional cleaning

When you arrive at Northridge.Dental for your routine professional cleaning, you will be guided to one of our comfortable treatment chairs. From there, one of our friendly dental professionals will perform your cleaning, taking special care to:

  • Remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth. If it’s not promptly removed, it can turn into hardened tartar around your gum line, which can only be removed by a dental professional. If left untreated, plaque and tartar can lead to a number of serious dental issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease. As such, one of the first steps we’ll take during your professional cleaning will be to remove these elements.
  • Remove stains. Once the plaque and tartar are removed, we’ll turn our focus to removing stains. During this portion of the cleaning, we will remove stains that may have developed due to tea, coffee, wine and cigars. In this way, we’ll ensure that you emerge from your cleaning with a bright, white and healthy smile.
  • Polish your teeth. The final step of this process will involve cleaning and polishing your teeth. This will ensure that the surface of your teeth are impeccably smooth – so bacteria can’t accumulate on them.

Caring for your teeth moving forward

Once your professional cleaning is complete, we will talk to you about how you can care for your teeth moving forward. In many cases, we will review proper brushing and flossing techniques, which can make a world of difference in the overall health of your teeth and gums. In addition, we may make personalized recommendations for homecare and ongoing maintenance, based on your unique teeth and risk factors.