The American Dental Association® recommends that most people get routine dental cleanings at least twice a year. Regular dental check-ups are the best time for your dentist to evaluate your oral health and identify any health concerns, like gum disease. Dr. Norman Coates and the team at Dentistry Optimized offer comprehensive dental cleanings in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, for patients of all ages to promote oral health. To schedule your appointment with our dentist, call the office today at 651-698-5543 or book online.

Dental Cleaning Q&A

What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a comprehensive exam of your mouth. Your dental hygienist performs a physical examination of your oral health, cleans your teeth and gums, and provides additional treatments such as a fluoride rinse.

Dr. Coates evaluates your teeth for signs of decay (cavities) and gum disease. The dental cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and expert flossing to eliminate plaque between teeth and along your gums.

In some cases, Dr. Coates may recommend digital X-rays or digital impressions to further evaluate your oral health and make treatment recommendations.

What are the benefits of regular dental cleanings?

Dr. Coates and the team at Dentistry Optimized have the expertise and the tools to keep your mouth healthy. Getting regular dental cleanings helps stop plaque and tartar from decaying teeth and prevents gum disease.

Gum disease, or periodontitis, affects nearly half of all adults over age 30. If untreated, periodontitis can cause increased tooth decay and eventually tooth loss. When gum disease is identified early, the symptoms can often be reversed.

If you have gum disease or tooth decay, regular dental cleanings and treatment can stop the damage from getting worse. The team at Dentistry Optimized has access to advanced dental technology to promote oral health, including a clinical microscope for detailed and precise treatment.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Adults and children alike should get routine dental cleanings about two times a year. If you wear braces or are at risk for certain health conditions, you may need more frequent visits. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth and you wear dentures, regular check-ups are important to protect your gums and bone health.

Brush and floss your teeth two times a day to maintain your oral hygiene between appointments. Limiting your consumption of sugary drinks and snacks, as well as avoiding smoking, also helps keep teeth in good shape.

Regular dental cleanings are the best way to keep your teeth strong and your mouth healthy. Schedule your cleaning at Dentistry Optimized by phone or using the online booking tool today.