Dental Cleanings

Aquila Dental

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Chandler, AZ

Regular dental cleanings are the easiest way to prevent many dental problems and keep your teeth looking their best. Family dentist Richard Higgs, DDS, provides preventive care, including dental cleanings, at Aquila Dental in Chandler, Arizona. To schedule a dental cleaning, call the office or use the convenient online scheduling tool. The office is open for early and late appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

Why are dental cleanings important?

Dental cleanings are a form of preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry involves taking care of your teeth and keeping them healthy, which is the best way to avoid dental emergencies and costly and complicated dental procedures. You can prevent most serious dental problems through good hygiene, which includes regular dental cleanings from the team at Aquila Dental.

It’s important to brush your teeth after every meal, floss at least once a day, and use an antibacterial mouthwash. However, this isn’t always enough to eliminate all traces of plaque and tartar, which contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems. The team at Aquila Dental has specialized tools and training to remove harmful buildup from your teeth and gums.

Dental cleanings also allow your dentist to examine your teeth for any signs of disease or injury. Many oral health conditions are most treatable in their early stages, often before you experience any noticeable symptoms.

In addition to improving the health of your teeth, a dental cleaning results in a brighter smile. Although cosmetic procedures like whitening and veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth, regular dental cleanings are a natural way to enjoy whiter teeth for life.

Do dental cleanings hurt?

They’re not supposed to. However, if you haven’t been keeping up with your dental hygiene, there’s a chance you’ll experience some pain.

If you have lots of buildup, it’s more work for the Aquila Dental team to remove it. Furthermore, if you aren’t used to cleaning your teeth and gums, they can become more sensitive over time. If you’ve gone a while since your last cleaning, your next one might be tougher than usual.

The good news is that once you get in the habit of taking care of your teeth, dental cleanings cause minimal discomfort. There’ll be less plaque and tartar to remove, and your teeth and gums will be desensitized. 

To help you break the cycle and stop avoiding the dental care you need, Aquila Dental offers sedation dentistry. Sedation allows you to relax and tune out any discomfort from dental procedures, including cleanings. It’s a helpful option if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while.

How often should I get dental cleanings?

The dentists at Aquila Dental recommend a cleaning every six months or twice a year. Most dental insurance plans cover two cleanings per year.

If you have a history of or are at risk for gum disease, you may need more frequent cleanings. Your dentist recommends a schedule that fits your needs. If you have periodontitis, an advanced gum disease, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from your gums.

Schedule a cleaning at Aquila Dental by requesting one online or by calling the office today.