Professional teeth cleaning is an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. You should visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings, X-rays and a checkup to maintain positive oral health. If you're in the Boca Raton, FL area—come visit us today for your next cleaning.
Teeth Cleaning in Boca Raton, FL
Regular teeth cleanings are a critical component of preventative dental care to minimize the risk of cavities and gum disease. Plaque forms over time, even for those who brush and floss every day, making it essential that you visit the dentist for your dental checkups and cleanings. Without a professional cleaning, plaque hardens into tartar which cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing.
Your first visit will include X-rays to get the complete picture of your oral health, a cleaning, polish, and floss from your dental hygienist, a comprehensive oral exam from your dentist, Dr. Harris, or Dr. Marcos, and any treatment planning needed based on your oral health. Expect this first appointment to take between 1 hour and 1.5 hours so that we don’t rush you through. At Harris Dentistry, we are conveniently located in Boca Raton, FL, and accepting new patients so schedule your next teeth cleaning with our office—today!
How much does a teeth cleaning/dental checkup cost?
We aim to provide high-quality dental care that’s affordable for our patients in Boca Raton, FL. Dental checkup cost varies based on several factors. A standard dental checkup includes teeth cleaning, a dental exam, a full series of X-rays, and fluoride. Out-of-pocket cost for any procedure depends on your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure.
- Teeth Cleaning, Exam, Full Series of X-Rays, Fluoride: $0 – $557
Certain PPO plans may cover 100%
Please note that the price of each procedure could vary from these numbers depending on the need–every patient and every case is different.View All Office Fees
Why is regular teeth cleaning important?
Many oral health issues—cavities, gum disease, oral cancer—can only be determined during your cleaning and checkup. When it comes to identifying these, the earlier the better, and in some cases gum disease caught early enough can prevent life-long battles with more serious conditions of gum disease (periodontal disease). Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss so early intervention is critical.
Beyond ensuring you have good oral health and preventing more serious issues, professional cleanings help remove stains from your teeth, preserve your teeth and gums, and help reduce bad breath from plaque buildup.
How often should you get teeth cleanings?
Ideally, dental checkups are performed every six months. On your first visit to our office, we will ask for a full health history to gain an understanding of your past and current health. From there, regular visits and cleanings are used to determine any change in your oral health and keep your teeth and mouth in good shape.
Several health organizations, including the American Dental Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and most dentists, recommend six months because the maintenance and cleaning provided at each visit is the best way to ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
As long as your mouth is free of gum disease and heavy buildup, six months is about the average length of time for tartar and stain to accumulate to the point of needing another teeth cleaning. For individuals with a history of periodontitis, those maintenance visits may need to be as frequent as every 3-4 months.
Why are brushing and flossing important?
We all know brushing and flossing make our mouth feel great. But, brushing and flossing do more than freshen breath – they physically disrupt the complex network of bacteria called a biofilm. It’s important to disrupt and remove the sticky film so diseases like cavities and gum disease are less likely to happen. There are a lot of products on the market that claim they are the best. Make sure to talk about the options with your hygienist to get the best recommendation.
And as you know, it is important to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss once. Helping and encouraging your child to make brushing and flossing a part of their habits will help them have a healthy smile as kids and throughout their lifetime!
Is It Time For Your Next Checkup?
If you have more questions about dental checkups and other preventative dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.