Making time for routine dental cleanings is one of the easiest ways to protect the health of your teeth and gums. Cleanings also present an opportunity to ask questions and build a stronger relationship with your dentist. At his practice in Midtown Manhattan, experienced dentist Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, provides comprehensive dental cleanings to adults 20 and older. To make an appointment, call the office in New York City, or book online today.
Dental cleaning is a crucial component of preventive oral health care. Even if you brush and floss regularly, nothing substitutes for a professional dental cleaning.
Regular visits to the practice of Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, can reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, alert you to underlying issues, and educate you on the importance of oral hygiene.
Dr. Geller tailors dental cleanings to each individual’s needs. Even so, most dental cleanings follow the same outline:
At the start of the visit, Dr. Geller reviews your dental records and performs an oral exam. During the exam, he uses a handheld mirror to look at your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. Dr. Geller also uses gloved hands to gently press on abnormal bumps or growths. He might even take a biopsy.
After the exam, Dr. Geller takes a series of computed tomography (CT) scans. CT scans are a special type of X-ray that capture detailed photos of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone (the bone that anchors your teeth). If your X-rays show anything out of the ordinary, Dr. Geller makes treatment recommendations.
During professional teeth cleaning, Dr. Geller uses a tool called a scaler to remove plaque from your teeth and beneath your gums. Dr. Geller has a light touch and is very precise, ensuring the process is relaxing and pain-free.
After removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, Dr. Geller flosses them. Flossing helps Dr. Geller access any remaining food particles, bacteria, or plaque he might have missed. It also massages your gums, reducing the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Next, Dr. Geller polishes your teeth with gritty toothpaste. The toothpaste has microscopic abrasives in it that help eliminate stains and discoloration.
If Dr. Geller identifies signs of tooth decay, he might also recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen the tooth enamel. When applied to your teeth, it reduces the risk of cavities.
Dr. Geller recommends that everyone schedule a dental cleaning once every six months. Your teeth and gums might look healthy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are. Regular checkups with Dr. Geller can preserve your oral health and provide peace of mind.
If you’d like to explore the benefits of dental cleanings, make an appointment at the practice of Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, by calling the office or booking online today.