Dental Cleaning

Regular dental cleaning is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. While good habits at home are important — including regular brushing and flossing, plus an anti-cavity rinse — a deep dental cleaning from AZ Family Dental in one of our greater Phoenix area locations offers extra protection from cavities, gingivitis and tartar buildup.

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Why Teeth Cleaning is so Important

Even the best dental hygiene routine doesn’t guarantee your mouth and teeth are completely free of germs and tartar. Home toothbrushes, floss and dental rinse can only do so much. In fact, being too aggressive in your home regimen can do more harm than good. When it comes to a safe, pain-free cleaning, having a regular dental cleaning at AZ Family Dental can do much more than keep your clean, white and healthy.

Maintaining good periodontal health by getting a twice-a-year dental cleaning can help prevent gum inflammation (gingivitis), tooth decay and tooth loss from periodontitis. Your greater Phoenix area dentist addresses patient periodontal health by using several advanced technologies and procedures to detect gum and teeth problems in their earliest stages. With recent research suggesting that periodontal disease may be associated with the development or worsening of diabetes and heart conditions, it is even more imperative for you to receive dental cleanings in the greater Phoenix area.

Because teeth cannot shed their surfaces the way skin can, the opportunity for harmful bacteria to attach to the teeth and remain there for extended periods exists. If not completely removed by regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antibacterial rinse, bacteria become a biofilm known as dental plaque. Plaque accumulating unchecked near the gum line will harden and begin destroying teeth and gum tissues due to intense bacterial activity. Undergoing a professional dental cleaning in the Phoenix, AZ area is the best way to eliminate biofilm and the beginning of dental plaque.

  • During a typical dental cleaning, the teeth are scaled to remove any plaque on the tooth and under the gum line that regular brushing and flossing can’t reach. The process can be done using sonic and ultrasonic scales, replacing the hand scales that made teeth cleaning painful in the past.
  • A dental polishing is done along the gum line to prevent future plaque buildup. After the cleaning, the patient rinses out with water or a dental rinse.

Following completion of your teeth cleaning appointment in the greater Phoenix area, you’ll receive home care instructions on how to protect your teeth and gums from gum disease and infection. Your dentist will tell you that good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups and healthy eating habits can prevent gingivitis and periodontitis, making every regular dental cleaning less painful and less invasive.

Professional Cleaning

A Registered Dental Hygienist performs professional dental cleanings. Each cleaning appointment includes:

  • Oral hygiene Instruction: Instruction includes review of brushing and flossing techniques along with tips on how to reach the commonly missed areas.
  • Removal of Plaque: Plaque adheres to the teeth and over time and becomes calculus (tartar). It is difficult to see, and the bacteria that reside in the plaque produce toxins that cause inflammation in the gums and other tissue. This inflammation is the beginning of periodontal disease.
  • Removal of Calculus (tartar): As plaque gets old it hardens into calculus. It can form on the tooth above and below the gum line. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. It requires special dental instruments to be removed.
  • Tooth Polishing: Plaque and stains are removed by polishing in areas where brushing and flossing are not effective.

How Often Should I Get My Dental Cleanings?

We recommend you come in two times a year for teeth cleanings. Why? We’ve found that this timeframe is optimal for several reasons, including:

  • Avoiding painful procedures in the future: When we catch problems early, you spare yourself the discomfort of developing a more serious issue.
  • Keeping your costs down: Big issues bring with them bigger expenses, so by maintaining your biannual appointment schedule, you may actually save yourself money you would spend on a serious dental problem that went undetected.
  • Enhancing your mouth’s appearance: Habitual coffee or tea drinkers will appreciate our ability to reduce staining with regular cleanings.
  • Controlling bad breath: Six months is optimal for reducing the tartar that can lead to halitosis.

Sometimes, your bi-annual cleaning can even lead to identifying serious health conditions outside your mouth. Symptoms of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension include dry mouth. You may not be aware of these signs, but a word from our dental team could prompt you to investigate further.

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You can book your dental cleaning in one of our offices:

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I absolutely love this dental office. The staff is beyond exceptional, the dentists are great and I always feel valued.

Nikki, Glendale

As a new patient, I felt welcomed and very much cared for by the staff of AZ Family Dental. Dr. Parker explained thoroughly my dental problems that need to be addressed and were clear as to how the procedure goes. I have never felt more comfortable while being at the dentist while I was getting my procedures done. Thank you everyone for taking good care of me!

Zea P, Glendale

One of the best experiences I’ve had at a dentist! Everyone is very warm and welcoming. Dr. V and Diana explained everything throughly as they went so there were no surprises!

Sharon Rose Scataglini, Cave Creek

We are so grateful to have such a wonderful team to help care for me and my children’s dental health! My kiddos who are still quite young were relaxed and happy to sit in the chair, and it helped a lot that the dental assistants and office management were so accommodating. Dr. Vacanti, Diana and Linday are among the very best! We are grateful to you!

Alexandra Bower, Cave Creek

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Why Choose AZ Family Dental?

We consider our patients part of our family. We enjoy talking with them and hearing about their kids and grandkids. Our entire practice values the connections we make with the people who sit in our chairs. The regular cleanings we give you help prevent future issues, and we feel good about that.

We care about you and your comfort. We don’t want you to experience the frustrations of a dental emergency or develop a long-term condition. Regular cleanings help keep you healthy and us happy.

The Importance of Dental Cleanings and Preventive Care

At AZ Family Dental, we firmly believe in preventive care. What does that mean? Taking proactive steps to protect your mouth against problems before they develop. By keeping your teeth healthy, you’ll improve your chances of avoiding cavities and serious conditions such as gum disease. One way to practice preventive care is to get regular teeth cleaning.

When you come to our greater Phoenix area offices for dental cleanings, we can also monitor your teeth for changes, which can be the first indicator of cavities or other conditions. We get familiar with the look of your mouth and identify any possible signs of gum erosion or tooth decay. Even just talking to our dentists and hygienists when you come for your appointment can help us monitor your dental health, since you may have indicators of dental problems, such as changes in your eating or sleep patterns.

We can promise you that when you come to us for regular cleanings, your mouth will feel better. You can’t beat that fresh feeling on your teeth and tongue right after we finish a cleaning.

Another great benefit of preventive care is that it can head off the biggest issues. When you visit our office for cleanings, you can alert us to small, nagging questions you might not think to make an appointment for. If you’re coming in for a cleaning anyway, you might mention a small toothache or other issue. As a result, we might be able to catch something that could help you avoid a root canal or tooth extraction before it becomes necessary.

Make an Appointment for Our Teeth Cleaning Services Today

We know you have a busy schedule. We keep the office open later on Tuesday through Thursday to accommodate your family and others in the Phoenix area who can’t always squeeze their appointments in during the morning or afternoon. Our offices are conveniently located in the greater Phoenix area, where you’ll find a friendly staff happy to help you. Our state-of-the-art equipment and modern technology allow us to treat you more quickly too.

Don’t forget we offer teeth whitening services in Phoenix and the greater area to supplement regular cleanings. Keep that million dollar smile bright by making a teeth cleaning appointment near you with AZ Family Dental.