Dental Hygiene Specialist

Mayer Dental Care

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Midtown West, New York, NY

There is a good reason that insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Wendy Mayer, DDS, and her team at Mayer Dental Care offer regular cleanings and checkups to help their patients avoid cavities so their natural teeth can last a lifetime. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Quickly schedule your regular cleaning by booking an appointment online or calling the Midtown West office today.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. The team at Mayer Dental Care starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any can't-miss issues. At this point, you may also be taken for X-rays.

Next, it's time for the actual cleaning to begin. The dentist or hygienist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. A scaler is a small metal dental instrument.

This part may go quickly, or it may take some time. It depends on how much plaque and tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the dentist or hygienist uses a high-powered brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough brushing, followed by a professional flossing.

Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities and tooth decay until your next visit.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health.  People who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year.

Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with the dental experts at Mayer Dental Care about your particular situation is an essential part of getting exceptional care.

Every man, woman, and child has different circumstances. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of my health?

Oral health and overall health are closely related. Your mouth is connected to your body, making oral health fundamental for good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, call the team at Mayer Dental Care to schedule your appointment online.