Dental Cleanings & Exams

Nataly Vilderman DDS -  - Cosmetic and Family Dentist

Nataly Vilderman, DDS

Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in San Francisco, CA

Dental Cleanings & Exams Specialist
Regular dental cleanings keep teeth and gums healthy and can play an important role in preventing gum disease. Nataly Vilderman, DDS helps patients in and around Mount Lakeshore, San Francisco and the Park Merced and Outer Sunset areas reduce the risk of gum disease and promote better oral health with dental cleaning treatments.

Dental Cleanings and Exams Q & A

by Nataly Vilderman, DDS

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with the removal of bacteria, plaque, and tartar that brushing and flossing have missed. Special instruments are used to reach between and around the teeth that brushing alone cannot reach. Polishing instruments are then used to remove superficial stains and help teeth look their best. As the hygienist cleans the teeth and gums, they will take a visual examination of the teeth and gums to look for any obvious problems and provide helpful guidance for improvement. Once the cleaning is complete, dental X-rays may be taken, and the dentist will perform a checkup to look for signs of tooth decay and screen for oral cancer.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S. Professional dental cleanings reduce the risk of gum disease by making sure teeth and gums are completely clean and free of tartar and plaque with a thorough cleaning. Routine cleanings every six months also help to remove stains and discoloration on the teeth to help them look clean and maintained. Most routine cleanings take about a half hour to perform.

How often should I have routine teeth cleaning appointment?

To help prevent a buildup of plaque and tartar, and to maintain optimal gum and tooth health, it is recommended that most patients have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Patients who have mild to moderate gum disease might need to have professional cleanings performed more often. Twice-yearly cleanings are also important to enable the hygienist to look for early signs of gum diseaseĀ that is already occurring, so treatment can be provided and keep the disease from progressing.

We encourage you to call our dental office for more information about general and family dentistry in San Francisco, California, and to schedule an appointment or consultation with our experienced dentist. Our friendly dental team is always ready and willing to assist you with any questions you may have. We look forward to caring for all of your dental needs.

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Nataly Vilderman, DDS
595 Buckingham Way
Suite 550
San Francisco, CA 94132