Dental Cleaning

Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

The best way to catch dental problems early is to have semiannual teeth cleanings. At Bar and Smith Dental in the Upper East Side of New York City, Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, can provide you with a comprehensive dental exam where they examine and clean your teeth, gums, and mouth structures. This is a great opportunity for the dental staff to remove plaque buildup and keep your oral health in good shape. For questions about teeth cleaning, call the office, or book your appointment online.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

How do I maintain good oral hygiene?

Bar and Smith Dental wants to ensure your oral and overall health is optimal. The best way to do this is to practice preventive dentistry and properly take care of your teeth and gums.

Specific signs that could suggest bad oral health include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent bad breath


To avoid oral health problems, the dental team recommends you get in the habit of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening. It’s also important to floss, use mouthwash, and a tongue scraper at least once a day.

What can I expect during my dental exam and teeth cleaning?

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, it’s important you stay up-to-date with regular dental checkups and cleanings. The first step in your exam is for your dentist to examine your mouth. They check for cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.

If need be, they can perform digital X-rays to get a better understanding of any potential problems with your teeth, gums, or jawbone.

The next step is for a member of the dental team to clean your teeth using a scaler to remove the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth as well as around your gum line.

Lastly, they floss your teeth, rinse your mouth, and polish your teeth, giving them a glossy finish. A typical dental exam and cleaning take less than one hour to complete.

The dentists at Bar and Smith Dental cannot stress enough how important it is for you to have semiannual dental checkups. This is the key to preventing further dental complications like gum disease or cavities.

Are there different types of dental cleaning?

There are two main types of dental cleanings. One is the generic teeth cleaning, known as prophylaxis, and the other is a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.

A normal teeth cleaning is for people who have plaque and stains on the surface of their teeth. On the other hand, a deep cleaning is done for patients who are at risk for developing or already have gum disease. If left unchecked, the bacteria causing gum disease can lead to tooth or bone tissue loss.

Has it been a few months since your last dental cleaning? If so, call Bar and Smith Dental today or schedule your appointment online.