Why is a regular dental cleaning necessary?
At Northstar Dental, our main priority is helping our patients live longer, healthier, happier lives. One of the ways we can help them achieve this is by providing them with excellent preventive dental care. One of the main ways patients can avoid many dental conditions that can negatively impact their overall health is by having professional cleanings regularly. Professional teeth cleaning allows us to remove plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth naturally. This buildup contains bacteria that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone.
Removing this bacteria is important for maintaining a balanced and healthy state in the mouth and body.
Gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease) can be avoided by receiving regular teeth cleaning and having good home care. Having regular checkups at the dentist will help you save money on dental bills by giving your dentist the opportunity to identify any early signs of dental problems before they require more extensive treatment.
For patients who do not have gum disease, often a cleaning and checkup every 6 months is best for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. For patients managing periodontal disease, it is better to come more often, every 3-4 months to help control the buildup of harmful bacteria that causes bone loss.
Cost of a Dental Teeth Cleaning
At Northstar, we offer several convenient payment options. We also partner with Lincoln Dental Plans to offer affordable dental care to those without insurance. Their payment plans only require one payment annually. Members have access to many free and discounted services as well, including two free dental teeth cleanings a year! For more information, follow the link to their website.
We also partner with CareCredit. CareCredit is a credit card for exclusively for healthcare services. With CareCredit, you can use the card to pay for your dental procedures and pay off the card monthly. Paying your balance up-front using this option can even help you get an extra 10% off the total cost of your treatment. Give us a call at 402-742-0000 to ask about your prepayment discount! This is a great option for patients who would like to pay for treatment at their own convenience. Click the link above to learn more about CareCredit.
Why are teeth cleaning important?
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Professional Teeth Cleaning
Our hygienists will use special dental tools to clean the buildup from your teeth that brushing and flossing can’t reach between cleanings.
Along with an exam, your professional teeth cleaning appointment will consist of the following:
Teeth Cleaning: Calculus Removal Plaque that has hardened on the teeth is called calculus. It cannot be removed by brushing so dental scalers are required to remove it. Calculus can form above and below the gum line. Teeth Cleaning: Plaque Removal Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that forms on the teeth. Bacteria attach to it and if left undisturbed, can cause gingivitis and gum disease. Once the plaque hardens, it is impossible to remove by brushing. If plaque stays on the teeth, it can react with the foods you eat and create acids that cause your teeth to demineralize, leading to cavities.
Teeth Cleaning: Calculus Removal
Plaque that has hardened on the teeth is called calculus. It cannot be removed by brushing so dental scalers are required to remove it. Calculus can form above and below the gum line.
Teeth Cleaning: Plaque Removal
Plaque is a clear, sticky substance that forms on the teeth. Bacteria attach to it and if left undisturbed, can cause gingivitis and gum disease. Once the plaque hardens, it is impossible to remove by brushing. If plaque stays on the teeth, it can react with the foods you eat and create acids that cause your teeth to demineralize, leading to cavities.
If you have more question regarding a dental teeth cleaning or exam, please feel free to contact us.
Most dental insurance companies cover regular cleanings and exams at 100%. Because of this, regular exams are the least expensive dental treatment. A comprehensive exam will be performed by one of our dentists at your first appointment, followed by a regular checkup at your bi-annual teeth cleaning appointments.
An examination by your hygienist and your dentist will consist of the following:
Evaluation of X-Rays (dental radiographs)
At Northstar Dental, a hygienist and dentist will review any x-rays taken to determine if there are any underlying dental conditions or cancerous lesions present in the head or neck.
Screening for Oral Cancer
Your dentist will examine the soft tissues of the head and neck to check for any signs of oral cancer, thyroid disease or lymph node malignancies.
Check for Periodontal Disease
Your hygienist will evaluate your x-rays and use a special instrument to screen you for any signs of periodontal disease.
Check for Tooth Decay
A thorough assessment of your x-rays and a visual examination of your teeth will be performed to determine if any cavities are present. In addition, your dentist will check the integrity of any existing fillings or crowns to make sure there are no cracks or cavities around them.
Schedule an Appointment
Feel free to contact us when you’re ready to schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning. Our staff would love to help you with your dental needs.
Check out the “What is a Deep Cleaning” video