Dental Cleaning

Kevin D. Fong, DDS

Dentist located in Hayward, CA

Regular dental cleanings are a critical component of maintaining optimal oral health and limiting your risk of tooth decay and gum disease in the long-term. At-home care like brushing and flossing regularly are important, but professional dental cleanings are equally so. Dr. Kevin Fong performs comprehensive dental cleanings at his Hayward, California, office. Dr. Fong can also counsel you on how often you need cleanings based on your age and oral health state. To schedule your next cleaning, call or use the online booking tool today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What are dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings are standard check-ups to evaluate your oral health and protect against future problems with your teeth and gums. They involve preventive care and services, screenings, and evaluations of the quality of your at-home oral hygiene.

Dr. Fong adopts a more personal approach to his practice and performs all dental cleanings on his patients instead of using an on-staff hygienist.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, Dr. Fong performs a physical exam of your entire mouth. Using a small mirror, he inspects your teeth and gums, searching for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other common problems.

Then, using a small tool, he cleans around your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar that accumulates in tight spaces.

Dr. Fong may use this time to assess your brushing and flossing habits and provide tips on how to improve depending on what he finds, as brushing and flossing help eliminate plaque and tartar build-up.

The next step is typically a deep clean with a high-powered electric brush to clean, remove any leftover tartar after scaling, and polish. Finally, he flosses between your teeth and gums.

He may also administer fluoride treatment, which involves wearing a mouth tray with special fluoride gel to fight cavities.

X-rays are also often a part of your dental cleaning. They allow Dr. Fong to be more precise when checking for and diagnosing oral health problems.

Why do I need dental cleanings?

Regular dental cleanings provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • Preventing cavities
  • Limiting your risk of tooth loss
  • Brightening your smile
  • Freshening your breath

 

Professional dental cleanings also help you maintain good overall health. Many studies have established a link between oral and overall health.

Coming for cleanings regularly with Dr. Fong can potentially decrease your risk of diseases such as heart attack or stroke, and many medical conditions can be detected early on by Dr. Fong during routine check-ups and cleanings.

You can also save money in the long run, since dental cleanings help protect your oral health and allow you to likely avoid costly, complex dental procedures in the future.

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

Dr. Fong recommends coming in for a professional dental cleaning twice a year and having X-rays done once a year. However, depending on factors like your age and oral health, he may adjust that recommendation.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental cleaning, call or use the online booking tool today and make an appointment.