Good oral hygiene starts with brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and using mouthwash as needed. But is that enough to get your teeth truly clean? According to the American Dental Association, visits to the dentist every six months are recommended for optimal dental health. An oral exam and dental cleaning twice a year are one of the best ways to not only keep your teeth clean, but also to prevent cavities and gum disease. This investment in your good health is a smart method to potentially avoid even costlier expenses over time that may creep up without regular dental care.
How Much Should I Expect to Pay to Get My Teeth Cleaned?
The cost of a dental cleaning can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as location of the dental practice, extent of the cleaning needed and whether you have dental insurance or not. In Vilonia, AR, a routine dental cleaning with a dental hygienist can range from $50 -$75, but with a full exam which includes x-rays and an exam with a dentist can range from $175-$250.
Many insurance programs do cover the cost of regular dental cleanings as it is a recognized preventative maintenance care visit, though coverage can be different from one provider to the next. We recommend contacting your insurance company directly to talk with them about the benefits that are included in your specific plan. Our office staff are happy to work with you to help make sense of your benefits as well.
What’s Involved with Teeth Cleaning?
Dental cleaning, also known as oral prophylaxis, is part of a comprehensive dental evaluation. During a cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from the surface of your teeth. Here at Lane Family Dentistry, we take care to make quick and pain-free work of properly and thoroughly cleaning your teeth.
We use specialized instruments designed to loosen tartar without harming the teeth. An ultrasonic device emits vibrations that are cooled by water to begin the process of dislodging larger pieces of tartar. Any remaining deposits are then carefully removed with handheld tools and teeth are polished, which creates a smooth surface that guards against new plaque and tartar build-up.
Visiting the dentist for check-ups and a cleaning every six months ensures that we can keep you on track for not just good oral health, but good overall health too. When you have a healthy mouth free of bacteria, infection or inflammation, it helps prevent the spread of germs and illness. Keeping your oral health in tip-top shape also helps you to enjoy healthy, nourishing foods and contributes to a boost in self-confidence.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
Give our office a call today to keep up with your healthy habits and excellent oral hygiene. Dr. Lane provides expert dental care for the whole family in a comfortable, relaxing environment. Our office is conveniently located in Vilonia, AR, and we serve patients from Mount Vernon, Enola, Rose Bud, El Paso, Cabot, Conway and surrounding areas. Contact us now at 501-796-3903 to schedule your next dental cleaning or request an appointment online.