Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Smile Dental Clinic

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Falls Church, VA & Herndon, VA

Brushing and flossing your teeth at home helps keep your mouth healthy and clean, but everyone needs some professional help. For your regularly scheduled teeth cleanings, trust the experienced team at Smile Dental Clinic in Falls Church and Herndon, Virginia, led by Farah Ahmad, DDS, and Saira Ahmad, DDS. The team makes your teeth cleanings comfortable and simple, even helping provide tips to improve your at-home oral hygiene. If it’s time to schedule your next teeth cleaning, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

How often do I need a teeth cleaning?

The team at Smile Dental Clinic recommends getting a professional teeth cleaning two times per year. It’s one of the best ways to remove plaque and tartar buildup before they cause gum disease or tooth decay. 

If a Smile Dental Clinic team member discovers—or you already know you have—an oral health problem, you may need to come in for additional cleaning. Your teeth cleaning plan addresses your unique needs and goals. 

What should I expect during a teeth cleaning?

A comprehensive teeth cleaning lasts about an hour and includes a close look at all your tooth and gum tissue. A typical cleaning includes X-rays, tartar and plaque removal, polishing, oral cancer screening, and testing to ensure you aren’t developing periodontal disease. 

Your hygienist will use a small mirror to guide them as they clear away plaque and tartar with a dental instrument called a scaler. This will clear up the area around your gum line, as well as pockets in between your teeth. You'll hear scraping, but this is normal. Then, they’ll perform expert flossing to get rid of any remaining harmful bacteria and do a final polish. 

If you have any crowns, bridges, veneers, or other restorative dental work, your hygienist cleans and examines them carefully to ensure they’re functioning correctly.

How can I take care of my teeth at home?

There are a variety of ways you can care for your teeth at home in between your visits to the Smile Dental Clinic office for professional teeth cleanings. Some of the best ways to protect your oral health are:

  • Brush after every meal and at bedtime
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to safeguard your enamel
  • Brush for at least three minutes each time
  • Floss daily
  • Minimize sugar and fast-burning carbs

You can also bolster your preventive dental care at home by drinking plenty of water. This keeps your mouth well hydrated and flushes away food particles that get caught in between your teeth. 

To learn more about how you can protect your dental health and schedule a checkup or cleaning, call the Smile Dental Clinic team or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment now.