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Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry in Bernardsville, NJ

Dental cleanings are a critical part of your oral health care. At Proud to Smile Dentistry in Bernardsville, New Jersey, Patricia Swaintek-Lamb, DMD, Karima West, RDH, and the team provide thorough cleanings and check-ups to prevent decay and gum disease, promoting a healthy smile. Call today or use the online tool to schedule your cleaning today.

Cleaning Q & A

Why are dental cleanings important to your health?

Even if you take diligent care of your teeth and gums at home, professional dental cleanings are important. They thoroughly clean your teeth and get hard-to-reach bacteria that can build up over time. 

Your hygienist is extremely detailed when using specialized tools to reach areas, like your gumline and between your teeth, that regular brushing and flossing miss. The cleanings include the removal of plaque and tartar, flossing, and polishing, so your teeth feel smooth and fresh. 

When plaque and tartar build-up, they can lead to inflamed, swollen gums. These bacteria-filled compounds also cause tooth decay that starts as cavities and can reach deeper into the roots of your teeth. 

These infections don’t stay isolated in your mouth, either. When you have poor oral health, it affects other areas of your body and increases your risk of conditions like heart disease. 


What happens during dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings at Proud to Smile Dentistry are thorough and take up to an hour. During a complete oral examination, Dr. Swaintek-Lamb examines your teeth and gums, which helps identify areas needing extra attention during the cleaning. 


She removes all plaque build-up with a specialized tool and streams of water. Dr. Swaintek-Lamb is gentle but effectively breaks away stubborn plaque and tartar. The final steps in your cleaning involve polishing with a high-powered rotating brush. It sweeps away any remaining debris and leaves your teeth smooth and clear. 

She also takes time during and after your cleaning to educate you on how important preventive care is for a lifetime of overall health. 


How often should I schedule dental cleanings?

It’s a good idea to schedule dental cleanings twice per year, about six months apart. Some people with gum disease or teeth prone to decay benefit from more frequent visits. Talk to the Proud to Smile Dentistry team to figure out the best timeline for you.

If you’re due for a dental cleaning, call Proud to Smile Dentistry today to get on the books. You can also use this website to set up your appointment online.