Teeth Cleaning

Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra DDS

Implant Dentistry & Aesthetic Dentistry located in Redwood City, CA

Having regular professional teeth cleanings keeps your smile healthy by preventing oral health problems from developing in the first place. At Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, in Redwood City, California, a team of hygienists provides exceptional deep cleanings for patients of all ages. Schedule your teeth cleaning today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What is a teeth cleaning?

A teeth cleaning is a routine and painless procedure that the hygienist at Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, performs to keep your mouth clean and monitor your oral health. Deep cleanings are the cornerstone of preventive dental care and ensure that your smile stays healthy all year round. 

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

During your teeth cleaning, Dr. Parra or one of the talented hygienists on the team use special tools to remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. They also perform brushing, polishing, and flossing to make your smile remarkably clean. Finally, they inspect your teeth and gums for any indications of dental problems like tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease

Why do I need a teeth cleaning?

No matter how diligently you brush and floss at home, there still might be some areas of your mouth that you’re not properly cleaning. And some buildup, like tartar, can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

A teeth cleaning is also an excellent opportunity for Dr. Parra to assess and monitor your oral health. During your appointment, Dr. Parra visually inspects your smile or takes X-rays to look for any indications of developing conditions. Because some conditions, like gum disease, can begin developing long before you notice symptoms, these regular check-ups are particularly important to maintaining good oral health.

How often should I get a teeth cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends working with your dentist to determine just how often you need a teeth cleaning. Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, typically recommends coming in twice a year, but you might need more frequent cleanings if you have an ongoing condition that needs more attention, like gum disease.

When do I need a deep cleaning?

If you’re suffering from gum disease, Dr. Parra might suggest you get a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. During a deep cleaning, Dr. Parra or a hygienist use special tools to clean the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and from the surface of your tooth root, below the gumline. Then, they perform root planing, which involves smoothing the surfaces of your teeth to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and to give your gums a more even surface to reattach to.

Do my child’s baby teeth need a cleaning?

Some people mistakenly think that children don’t need regular dental cleanings because they’re going to eventually lose their baby teeth. But routine cleanings are essential to your child’s oral health, even if they still have all of their baby teeth.

Early cleanings ensure that their baby teeth stay healthy and remain in their smile until their adult teeth are ready to come in. Losing your baby teeth too early can cause complications with oral health later on. 

Bringing your child in for cleanings also helps them to establish a good rapport with Dr. Parra. The team at Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, practices gentle dentistry with their younger patients, and make an extra effort to ensure that children feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed during their appointment.

Does teeth cleaning hurt?

A teeth cleaning is a painless procedure. If you suffer from dental anxiety, Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, offers a variety of sedation methods to help you feel more calm and relaxed during your cleaning. One of the more popular sedation methods is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Laughing gas is an odorless gas that you inhale through a mask that fits over your nose and makes you feel more relaxed and at ease during your treatment. The effects wear off almost as soon as Dr. Parra stops administering it, with little to no recovery or downtime.

Schedule your teeth cleaning with Millennium Dental, Beatriz Parra, DDS, by calling the office or booking a visit online, and make your smile healthy today.