Although regular brushing and flossing at home helps to remove food particles and reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, there are some areas that are difficult to clean, and some kinds of dirt that can only be removed using professional tools in the dentist’s office, like tartar (hardened plaque). Regular professional teeth cleaning is vital for optimal oral health.

Our office in Mira Mesa & Scripps Ranch, CA provides high-quality dental cleanings to prevent plaque buildup in your mouth, which can lead to other problems such as bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, and so on. We often schedule teeth cleaning together with your dental exam so you can save time and money and make the most of your dental visit with Neal Pham, DDS.

Dental Exam & Cleaning in Mira Mesa & Scripps Ranch CA

Dr. Pham recommends that you schedule your routine visits every six months for professional dental cleaning to get rid of all accumulated plaque, tartar, and bacteria before they cause more problems. A routine checkup that includes professional teeth cleaning takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the condition of your teeth.

Here’s what to expect during your appointment:

  • Dr. Pham will start by examining your mouth using a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for plaque and tartar, stains, chips and cracks, signs of gum inflammation, and other oral concerns.
  • Next is the teeth cleaning process to remove plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth. The dentist will focus on cleaning the areas between the teeth and near the gum line where bacteria congregates, using a scaler.
  • A high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste is used to gently scrub and polish your teeth
  • Expert flossing helps to reach deep between your teeth and clean potential trouble areas that you rarely reach when flossing at home.
  • Lastly is oral rinsing using a liquid fluoride rinse to remove any debris from your mouth.

Depending on your case, Dr. Pham may perform fluoride treatment to strengthen tooth enamel and help deter cavities, or deep cleaning.

Schedule your appointment today

If you’re planning to schedule a dental exam and cleaning in Mira Mesa & Scripps Ranch, CA, we want to be your first choice for ensuring the long-term health and function of your mouth. Please contact our office if you have any questions about our process, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham.