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Dental Cleaning in Littleton, CO

There is no underestimating the value of a bright and healthy smile. Few things can ruin a smile faster than the presence of plaque and tartar but don’t worry! With regular teeth cleanings, you can easily maintain the beauty and functionality of your smile.

Why Professional Teeth Cleanings Are Necessary

Proper oral hygiene is the key to a healthy smile. However, brushing and flossing at home is not always enough to maintain your dental health. Even with regular oral care at home, there are many gaps and crevices in your teeth where food particles and bacteria can accumulate. Because of this, having your teeth routinely cleaned at the dentist is necessary.

Dental Cleaning Benefits 

There are many benefits to having your teeth cleaned professionally that you cannot achieve with over-the-counter cleaning methods.

  • Professional cleanings involve tools and techniques specially designed to reach the parts of your mouth that a toothbrush can’t, which helps eliminate and prevent plaque and tartar buildup more effectively.
  • Plaque is a sticky and nearly invisible bacterial colony that forms on the surface of your teeth. If left alone, plaque will eventually harden into tartar, which only a professional cleaning can remove. 
  • Preventive dental cleanings will cost you far less money than more complex corrective dental procedures such as root canals or dental bridges. 

In general, you should receive a professional teeth cleaning every six months if your teeth and gums are healthy. However, if you are at an increased risk of periodontal disease, tooth decay, or other oral problems, you may need to schedule cleaning more often.

What Happens at a Dental Cleaning?

During the dental cleaning, your hygienist will use a small mirror to examine your teeth and gums for any signs of cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease, as well as any deposits of plaque or tartar. If any problems are discovered, they will consult with a dentist to ensure that it’s okay to proceed with cleaning.

To start, the hygienist will scrape any hard mineral buildup from the surface of your teeth by using a tool called a periodontal scaler or curette. This way, any hard plaque or tartar deposits can be broken up and more easily removed with a brush. Once the majority of plaque and tartar is removed, your hygienist will use a gritty paste to polish and clean the surface of your teeth further. Unlike the store-bought toothpaste you use at home, this toothpaste contains abrasive compounds that scrub the smaller particles of plaque and tartar from your teeth. Next, to further eliminate any debris in your teeth, your hygienist will use floss to get between your teeth before rinsing out your mouth. You should not experience pain or intense discomfort during a teeth cleaning.

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General Dental Cleaning Cost

Dental cleaning services are considered preventative care, so most insurance programs will cover cleanings. Check with your specific provider if you are unsure about what is covered. 

If you don’t have dental benefits, we have options designed to take as much care of your budget as we do for your teeth. We have a new patient special offer ongoing for kids at $149 and at $199 for adults that includes exams, X-rays, and routine cleaning. In addition, we offer a membership program at an annual cost of $449 that covers many services, including two dental exams and cleanings per year. Membership also grants access to discounts on dental and orthodontic treatments, including cosmetic procedures. Consider enrollment in our membership program to lower the cost of your dental procedures.

Teeth Cleanings at High Forest Dental

At High Forest Dental, we do everything we can to ensure that the patients of Littleton, CO feel like our family. We build trust with our patients and form lasting relationships based on comfort and meeting their needs. And our membership program, discount plans, and family pricing allow you to worry less about your budget and focus more on your oral health. So, please schedule an appointment with us for your teeth cleaning, and let us give you the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.