Teeth Cleaning

Able Dental Care -  - General Dentist

Able Dental Care

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Phoenix, AZ

Regular teeth cleanings are one of the most practical, cost-effective ways to protect your oral health and prevent gum disease. Michael Muscato, DDS, and his experienced team at Able Dental Care in Phoenix, Arizona, offer quality teeth cleanings and routine dental care for men, women, and children. For excellent dental cleanings in a comfortable setting, walk in, call, or book an appointment online today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What is a teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleaning, or dental cleaning is a multi-purpose visit with your dentist that includes:

  • Removing plaque or tartar build-up
  • Looking for signs of oral disease
  • Screening for oral cancer
  • Taking digital X-rays
  • Updating your treatment plan

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you get dental cleanings as your dentist suggests or at least every six months. If you have periodontal disease or poor oral health, you may need teeth cleanings closer to every three months. 

How do teeth cleanings protect my oral health?

Regular teeth cleaning and dental examinations help detect and prevent dental problems, including:

  • Cavities
  • Periodontal disease
  • Bleeding gums
  • Oral abscesses 
  • Misalignment or bite abnormalities
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Bone loss or degeneration
  • Wisdom tooth impaction 
  • Oral cancers
  • Tooth loss

For children, regular teeth cleanings allow Dr. Muscato to identify and correct misalignment or spacing problems early in childhood. Children's teeth are more malleable and easier to shift than adult's teeth, and earlier intervention is best. 

What happens during teeth cleaning?

During your visit, the team at Able Dental Care helps make you comfortable and asks you questions about you or your child's oral health. They may ask if you are having any problems, tooth pain, or have any concerns. About once a year, Dr. Muscato recommends a full set of digital dental X-rays. X-rays are one way to identify significant changes, cavities, impacted teeth, or bone loss. 

Your dental hygienist then uses specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) build-up from all your teeth. As they clean your teeth, they look for signs of disease or areas of concern. Once your teeth are clean, your hygienist polishes them. This helps your teeth look and feel healthy and makes it more difficult for plaque to build-up on your tooth's surface. 

Children receive regular fluoride treatments with each teeth cleaning. Dr. Muscato may also recommend adults receive fluoride; however, some dental insurances don't cover adults' treatment. After your teeth cleaning, Dr. Muscato consults with you and shares any areas of concern and recommends updates to you or your child's treatment plan. 

For expert teeth cleaning, walk in, call, or schedule an appointment online with Able Dental Care today.