We recommend scheduling professional dental cleanings every 6 months to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During these cleanings, our hygienists remove buildup and plaque so you can keep smiling for years to come.
Preventative dental care, including teeth cleanings (dental prophylaxis), examinations, and fluoride treatments, plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Our dental hygiene team not only ensures your smile stays clean but also teaches you oral hygiene tips to maintain a healthy smile between routine checkups. By establishing good oral habits and not skipping your biannual cleanings, you can lower the likelihood of gum disease, tooth decay, and dental emergencies.
Teeth cleanings allow us to identify and treat issues at an early stage when they are smaller and less invasive to manage. Most insurance plans cover biannual preventative care visits, oral examinations, and professional teeth cleanings. Staying ahead of plaque and tartar buildup contributes to improved oral health, bolstering your immune system and enhancing your smile’s brightness.
When you schedule an exam and teeth cleaning at Bright Now, you can expect a comfortable treatment experience with a focus on addressing your concerns. We take extra time to answer your questions and empower you with the knowledge to reduce the risk of periodontal disease, tooth loss, and decay through effective home care and hygiene practices.
Scheduling a professional teeth cleaning every six months is essential for both adults and children. If life gets busy, Bright Now! Dental can help you get back on track with your oral health. Our in-office appointments reset your smile, making it easier to maintain healthy teeth between visits. If you haven’t had a checkup in years or exhibit signs of periodontal (gum) disease, we provide custom treatment plans, including services like deep cleanings to halt gum infection spread around your teeth.
During your appointment, our hygienists at Bright Now will perform a comprehensive tartar and plaque removal, screen for periodontal disease, and polish away surface stains from your tooth enamel. We may also recommend preventative procedures and dental hygiene practices, such as fluoride treatments and sealants, to lower your risk of tooth decay and enamel demineralization. Our goal is not only to remove plaque and tartar but also to identify areas of concern and offer guidance on improving brushing or flossing techniques for enhanced oral health. With a strong home oral hygiene routine, you can limit and prevent tartar buildup, reducing the likelihood of future tooth loss or abscesses.
After your cleaning, one of our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and discuss any necessary follow-up care. We aim to identify concerns early to enable less invasive and more affordable treatments. In some cases, early intervention, such as for gingivitis or early tooth demineralization, may even reverse the condition. We may also employ digital X-rays to screen for issues like bone loss, infection and decay that are not visible during your clinical exam.
Preventative care goes beyond biannual dental checkups; it requires daily care at home. To ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles, we recommend the following practices:
• Floss daily to clean between every tooth, using a “C” shape motion to disrupt plaque above and below the gumline. Consider water flossers or disposable floss picks if traditional flossing is challenging. For individuals with gingivitis or active gum disease, persist with flossing for two weeks, and if bleeding continues, seek a periodontal disease screening from Bright Now! Dental.
• Brush for two minutes twice each day, paying particular attention to gumlines where plaque tends to accumulate. A soft-bristled brush and light pressure can prevent gum irritation, while an electric toothbrush may be more effective. Ensure you clean all surfaces of each tooth during brushing.
• Use fluoride toothpaste to remineralize weak areas on your teeth and prevent cavities. Fluoride is a natural mineral that promotes stronger teeth and bones. Children and adults only require a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
• Wear a mouth guard or night guard to protect against tooth wear from teeth clenching and grinding or potential traumatic injuries during contact sports. Discuss protective splints and mouthguards with our dentists during your next exam.
Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of teeth cleanings, routine exams, and X-rays. These preventative care appointments significantly reduce the need for other treatments like fillings or deep cleanings, making them valuable investments for maintaining healthy teeth. For those without dental insurance, our OneSmile Dental Plan offers reduced prices on checkups and other dental services, ensuring accessible care.
The majority of dental insurance policies cover 100% or most of the cost of preventative care appointments. Our zip code locator tool helps you find a Bright Now dentist near you. If you don’t have insurance, consider enrolling in the Bright Now OneSmile Dental Plan to enjoy 20-40% off all services, no hidden fees, and the convenience of quality dental treatments near you.
We offer affordable financing options with monthly rates to ensure timely dental care. This is great for more complex care, such as deep cleanings, or if your insurance doesn’t cover teeth cleanings.
At Bright Now, we prioritize an exceptional patient experience, providing comfortable care and professional cleanings to promote healthy teeth for life. If it has been six months or longer since your last dental checkup, schedule your next visit with us today.