Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups


Dental cleanings are very useful. That's why insurance plans almost always cover them. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and to help your natural teeth last a lifetime. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Schedule your regular cleaning by booking an appointment online or calling Mark Curtis, DDS, MPH, and his team at Allegra Family Dentistry in Mesa, Arizona today.

What should I expect during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. Your Allegra Family Dentistry professional starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any obvious issues. X-rays will be taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment if required.

After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. Dr. Curtis or the hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, the hygienist or Dr. Curtis brushes and polishes your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste. The brushing is followed by a professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next cleaning.

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

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people might be able to go with the standard advice of every six months, while other people with specific issues may need more frequent cleanings. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with Dr. Curtis.

Even when the procedure is as simple as a routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at Allegra Family Dentistry about your situation is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Everyone has different needs, especially when it comes to his or her health. 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.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?

Oral health and overall health are closely related. Your mouth is connected to your body, making oral health fundamental for good health.

A study published in 2016 indicated that routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Kidney disease, diabetes, heart health, and other conditions have also been linked to oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with Dr. Curtis, are essential to maintaining good health.

If you can't remember the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned, book an appointment online or call Allegra Family Dentistry today.


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840 E. McKellips Rd, Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85203
Phone: 480-448-5264
Fax: (480) 534-7021
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