Dental Cleaning

Rifkin Dental Group

Cosmetic Dentists & Restorative Dentists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA

Dental professionals recommend you schedule a dental clean every six months. It's an essential part of oral care that allows them to catch any potential problems before they become serious. The experienced team at Rifkin Dental Group in Atlanta, Georgia, led by Susan Rifkin, DDS, and Zachary Rifkin, DDS, are ready to perform professional dental cleanings. Call the practice today to make an appointment or book through the online request form.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

Dental cleaning is a professional service offered by your dental hygienist. They use specialized equipment, tools, and products to remove stuck-on plaque and get into hard-to-reach areas you might not even realize you miss when you brush at home.

Having a dental cleaning every six months gives your dentist an unobstructed view of your teeth when they come to examine you afterward.

The team at Rifkin Dental Group recommends twice-a-year cleanings for people with healthy teeth and gums.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are nonsurgical and usually painless. They all follow a similar process that typically includes:

  • A physical exam
  • Plaque and tartar removal
  • Toothpaste cleaning
  • Flossing
  • Rinsing
  • Polishing
  • Fluoride application

Depending on your hygienist’s observations, they may also recommend you have X-rays to assess any abnormalities.

What types of dental cleanings are offered?

Your hygienist offers several dental cleaning options depending on the health of your teeth and gums and your insurance coverage. Here’s a closer look at what they involve:

Prophylaxis cleaning

Prophylaxis cleaning is the most common dental cleaning for those who visit the dentist regularly. It removes tartar, plaque, and stains.

Gross debridement

Gross debridement is a more thorough clean for those who haven’t had a professional cleaning in several years. It helps remove substantial plaque build-up.

Root planing and scaling

Dentists recommend root planing and scaling to patients with gum disease (gingivitis). It cleans the teeth, gums, and gumline. Usually, it requires more than one session because it involves smoothing the tooth root as well as removing tartar and plaque, requiring the use of a local anesthetic.

The team at Rifkin Dental Group practice therapeutic dentistry, which focuses on disease prevention and pain management. They create custom care programs to address your oral health needs.

What services does a dentist include during dental cleanings?

During a dental clean, your dentist provides other preventive and diagnostic services too. These include:

  • Oral cancer screening
  • Stain removal
  • Denture cleaning and adjustment
  • Gum tissue evaluation
  • Medical history review
  • Bite pattern evaluation
  • Emergency dentistry

Oral health is one of the most critical aspects of your well-being. The team at Rifkin Dental Care supports you through your oral hygiene program. They provide expert advice and patient education so you can continue high-quality dental care at home. Call the practice today or use the website to make an appointment.