Dental Cleanings Specialist

Willow Glen Dental Care -  - General Dentist

Willow Glen Dental Care

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

Regular dental cleanings and check-ups help ensure you have a long-lasting, healthy, and attractive smile. At Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, recommend dental cleaning and prevention treatment once every six months — more frequently if you have dental issues. Call today to schedule your dental cleaning or use the online tool to book.

Dental Cleanings Q&A

Why are professional dental cleanings necessary?

You may have great at-home oral hygiene, but there are areas of your mouth that you just can’t reach effectively with a toothbrush and floss. 

Plaque can build up in these hard-to-reach areas, putting you at risk for gum disease, infection, and tooth decay. Professional cleanings get into these areas that you can’t reach with daily hygiene to keep your smile healthy.

Professional cleanings are also a time for the dentist to do a thorough examination of your teeth and take a full set of X-rays to find out what’s going on underneath the surface of your smile in the gums and bones. 

During your dental cleaning, the professional team at Willow Glen Dental Care can also check for potential health issues, including cavities. An extra bonus? You leave with fresh breath and a naturally brilliant smile.

What happens during professional dental cleanings?

During a professional dental cleaning, your hygienist removes the stubborn tartar and plaque that forms on your teeth, which can lead to inflammation if left in place. Dental cleaning also involves polishing your teeth to remove any surface stains. 

Following this cleaning, your dentist does a thorough check-up. They evaluate your gums and screen for oral cancer. Your dentist also reviews X-rays to look for bone loss, problems with development, tumors, abscesses, or any teeth that may be incorrectly positioned.

The team also looks at your existing dental work to make sure it’s intact and not showing signs of damage. 

How do I maintain oral hygiene between dental cleanings?

Good dental habits at home help make your professional cleanings less likely to take a lot of time or cause sensitivities. Brush your teeth twice per day with a soft-bristle toothbrush; the team at Willow Glen Dental Care can recommend the best one for you. Take at least two minutes to reach all of your teeth. 

Floss at least once per day to get at any bacteria or food particles stuck between your teeth. Cavities can form in these areas too. 

If you’re due for a dental cleaning, call Willow Glen Dental Care to schedule today or use the online tool to make your appointment.