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At University Centre Dental Associates, Dr. Maurice Haynes offers teeth cleanings as part of his top-notch general dental services for local residents in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County.

What Is a Dental Cleaning?

A dental cleaning, or one that is done in a dental office, is a procedure in which the dentist or dental hygienist uses various tools to deep clean the gums and the surfaces of the teeth.

What Is Involved in the Teeth Cleaning Process?

Usually, an ultrasonic cleaner and spray of water are first applied to remove tartar and plaque from the gums and teeth. Next, the dentist will scrape any remaining tartar and plaque off with a metal scraper. After this part of the process, the teeth and roots may be sanded and smoothed to get rid of more plaque and bacteria. A rotary toothbrush and gritty paste are then used for polishing the teeth. The teeth are then flossed, and a fluoride treatment is applied. If teeth have not been cleaned in a long time, then a process known as debridement is used to remove the excessive tartar and plaque build-up.

How Often Should the Teeth Be Cleaned?

The ADA (American Dental Association) advises that teeth be cleaned at least once a year. Patients who have a history of periodontal disease should have their teeth cleaned more frequently. Patients who suffer from heart disease or diabetes should also have cleanings more often.

Why Do the Gums Bleed after a Dental Cleaning?

If a lot of plaque and bacteria have built up in the mouth over time, cleaning can irritate the gums to the point where they will bleed. The sensitivity may last a day or so after the procedure.

What Types of Instruments Are Used for a Cleaning?

Instruments that are used to clean the teeth during a dental visit include an ultrasonic cleaner, used to loosen tartar and plaque, and a water spray for rinsing away the debris from the teeth. Curved metal tools, called curettes and scales, are designed to conform to the shape of the teeth and are used to scrape away excess tartar and residue. A polisher with a rubber tip is used to polish the surface teeth. A prophylaxis or gritty paste is used along with an instrument during the cleaning procedure.

Why Choose Dr. Maurice Haynes of University Centre Dental Associates?

Dr. Maurice Haynes stays up-to-date on the newest advances and technologies in the field of dentistry in order to provide his patients with the best care possible. He combines excellent dental services with compassion and is an active member of the American Dental Association.

How Much Does Teeth Cleaning Cost in Greenbelt, MD?

The cost for teeth cleaning varies. Please schedule a consultation with University Centre Dental Associates to discuss your particular case.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of teeth cleaning. Because every policy is different, the staff at University Centre Dental Associates will review your information and help determine the status of your teeth cleaning coverage.

We provide financing through CareCredit® as an option for any out-of-pocket teeth cleaning costs you may have. University Centre Dental Associates also offers a variety of payment methods to help make the process easier for our teeth cleaning patients.

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How Do I Schedule a Consultation?

Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation! The general dental and orthodontic services we offer at University Centre Dental Associates have improved the lives of people from in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve.

Written by University Centre Dental Associates March 19, 2014