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Teeth Cleanings

Silicon Valley Dental Associates -  - Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry

Silicon Valley Dental Associates

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Sunnyvale, CA

Regular professional teeth cleanings not only lower your risk for oral health complications like cavities and gum disease, but they also treat mild cases of gum disease by removing bacterial buildup. At Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California, dentists Colin Au, DDS, Dianna Fung, DDS, and their team provide extensive teeth cleanings and exams using high-end technology like digital X-rays and ultrasonic scalers. To book your next teeth cleaning, call Silicon Valley Dental Associates, or schedule one online today.

Teeth Cleanings Q&A

What are teeth cleanings?

Professional teeth cleanings are a standard part of preventive oral health care. At Silicon Valley Dental Associates, the skilled team of dental hygienists performs gentle cleanings during your regular exam appointments. To maintain your oral health and hygiene, you should come in for professional cleaning once every six months. 

Professional teeth cleanings help lower your risk for gum disease and cavities. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, professional teeth cleaning can remove hard-to-reach bacteria that you might not realize is there. The team at Silicon Valley Dental Associates uses the latest technology available to clean your mouth and give you a fresh, glistening smile. 

What should I expect during teeth cleaning?

Professional teeth cleanings at Silicon Valley Dental Associates are painless and straightforward. Still, before your cleaning, you should notify the team if you’re particularly anxious or if you have highly sensitive teeth. They may be able to provide you with sedation to help you relax.

During the cleaning, your hygienist uses a sharp tool called a scaler to remove the built-up film of bacteria called plaque and the hardened plaque, called tartar. Then, they floss between your teeth and polish them using an electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. 

Finally, your hygienist answers any questions you have regarding your oral health and home hygiene routine. They can give you tips on how to improve your brushing or flossing technique and prevent or treat mild gum disease. 

Which diagnostic services might be included in my teeth cleaning appointments?

During your teeth cleanings at Silicon Valley Dental Associates, the team may provide other services based on your specific needs. Your cleaning appointment might also include:

Digital X-rays

Low-radiation digital X-rays create an image of your teeth above and below the gumline. The team uses this detailed view of your mouth to diagnose complications and plan treatments for them. 

Intraoral camera

If you’re a new patient or if your dentist needs a closer look at problem areas, they might use an intraoral camera to show you an up-close, live video feed of the inside of your mouth. 

Ultrasonic scaling

Ultrasonic scaling is an advanced scaling method that uses sound energy to loosen and remove tartar from your teeth before the brushing. Ultrasonic scaling can also remove heavy stains from the surface of your enamel. 

If it’s time for your next professional teeth cleaning, call Silicon Valley Dental Associates to schedule an appointment or book online today.