Teeth Cleaning Professional

Michael Shakin, DDS

Dentist located in Staten Island, NY

Regular teeth cleaning appointments is one of the wisest things you can do to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. At his practice in Staten Island, NY, Dr. Michael Shakin provides comprehensive teeth cleaning to help patients prevent gum disease and enjoy more beautiful, healthier smiles.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Why is having my teeth professionally cleaned so important for my health?

Having regular dental cleanings is one of the most important things you can do to prevent gum disease and the pain, infection and tooth loss it can cause. Plus, the bacteria that cause gum disease can also contribute to other diseases. Dental cleanings are important for maintaining optimal overall health as well.

What happens during a teeth cleaning appointment?

Teeth cleaning appointments begin with a visual exam of the teeth and gums. Then Dr. Shakin  or a hygienist will use special instruments and mild abrasives to clean every tooth surface, paying special attention to the areas between teeth and along the gum line where plaque and bacteria tend to accumulate. Dr. Shakin can also identify areas where at-home care like brushing and flossing need to be improved.

What is a laser teeth cleaning?

Laser teeth cleaning uses ultrasonic energy to break up and remove plaque and tartar deposits and destroy bacteria around the teeth and gums. Many patients find the ultrasonic approach to be more comfortable compared to traditional cleaning with dental instruments. While laser cleaning can produce great results, it’s not always the best option. The office evaluation will help determine which approach is a better option for achieving optimal results, based on the patient’s specific needs.

What happens if I have signs of gum disease?

Gum disease needs to be treated right away to prevent serious issues like eventual tooth loss. Milder forms of gum disease often can be successfully treated with frequent dental cleanings to prevent plaque and tartar buildup along the gums and between the teeth, preventing disease and encouraging the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth surfaces. More advanced disease requires deep-cleaning procedures called scaling and root planing designed to reach below the gums and around the root to remove bacteria.

How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?

Ideally, adults and kids should have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months to prevent tartar and plaque build-up and to remove bacteria before it has a chance to cause disease.