Dental Cleanings

 John Castanaro, DDS -  - Dentist

Castanaro Dental

John Castanaro, DDS

Dentist located in Yonkers, NY

Did you know that periodontal disease affects more than 50% of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? An easy way to prevent gum disease and other oral health issues is by scheduling regular dental cleanings, At Castanaro Dental in Yonkers, New York, John Castanaro, DDS, provides personalized and thorough dental cleanings and is well-acquainted with the latest advances in dental technology. Call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

A professional dental cleaning is an important integral part of your preventive dental care and oral hygiene. It’s performed by a trained dentist or dental hygienist in the office.

Dr. Castanaro recommends professional dental cleanings for adults and children every six months, or twice a year.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Your initial dental exam typically takes about an hour. You can be sedated if necessary, but most people find teeth cleaning to be a tolerable experience.

During your dental cleaning, Dr. Castanaro examines your teeth, gums, and mouth with special dental tools and removes tartar and decayed tissue from your teeth. 

He brushes your teeth with a high-powered electric brush and a special dental toothpaste, before flossing and rinsing your mouth with liquid fluoride.

Dr. Castanaro also looks for signs of gum disease and other issues, such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Pus surrounding the gums
  • Loose teeth

In some cases, you might be due for X-rays or additional testing to examine your oral health.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Dental cleanings and exams help keep you on the road to good oral hygiene and health, complement your at-home care, and lower your risks of dental complications, such as:

  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease

Dr. Castanaro can catch these issues early when it’s easiest to treat.

How can I take care of my teeth between dental cleanings?

There are many ways to care for your teeth and improve your oral hygiene at home. Dr. Castanaro recommends brushing twice daily using a soft brush and a fluoride toothpaste. This helps to keep away harmful bacteria, sugar, and plaque buildup.

Flossing daily and using an antibacterial mouthwash to kill any remaining germs is also helpful.

Food choices can also play a big role in your oral health. Try to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced nutrient-dense diet, opting for healthy, natural, whole foods over sugary foods. You should also avoid teeth-grinding or clenching.

Dental cleanings yield diagnostic, preventive, and cosmetic benefits by removing plaque and fighting oral infections. If you’re due for a dental cleaning, call the office today or book online.