Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Carnegie Hill Dental Group

General Dentistry, Orthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” especially when it comes to preserving optimal oral health for life. That’s why the top-notch dentists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City stress the importance of regular dental cleanings and oral exams for all patients, as well as deep cleanings for those who require more extensive preemptive care. To schedule your next cleaning and exam, call their Upper East Side office or schedule an appointment online today.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What is preventive dentistry?

Routine dental cleanings and exams form the backbone of preventive dentistry, the area of dental care that’s designed to catch minor oral health problems early on, before they have a chance to develop into more serious disorders or conditions.

Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis by a dentist or dental hygienist is one of the easiest ways to prevent tooth decay, largely because professional dental equipment and techniques can remove plaque more effectively and completely than the manual or electric toothbrush you use at home.

Dental experts also have the tools and expertise required to remove tartar, or calcified plaque, which is something that you just can’t get rid of on your own, no matter how well you brush or how often you floss. Keeping tartar at bay is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

What else can regular dental care do for me?

On top of reducing your chances of developing advanced tooth decay or gum disease, having regular dental cleanings and exams can provide a variety of important benefits, including:

Better oral hygiene habits

The team at Carnegie Hill Dental Group can let you know where your brushing and flossing routine may fall short and offer detailed recommendations on how you can improve your technique.

A whiter, brighter smile

Regular preventive dental care is the best way to maintain a white, vibrant smile — a professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove the kind of discoloration caused by coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and other enamel-staining foods and beverages.

A clean mouth and fresh breath

Having regular dental cleanings helps get rid of plaque and lingering bacteria, which can go a long way in helping you put an end to — or prevent — bad breath.

Improved overall health

Because your oral health is inexorably connected to your overall health, maintaining optimal oral health through routine preventive care is an easy way to decrease your risk of certain chronic illnesses, including heart disease.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Depending on your personal oral health needs, you may need to schedule a preventive dental cleaning and exam once every six months, or once a year.

Preventive dentistry doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach, largely because some people have better quality teeth or superior oral hygiene habits, while others have teeth that are naturally prone to decay, no matter how well they brush and floss.

After evaluating your dental history and conducting a comprehensive exam, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed can let you know how often you should come in for regular cleanings and exams.

They can also let you know if you would benefit from a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque from below your gum line, while root planing smooths the tooth root and helps the gums reattach to the tooth. This type of cleaning is used to treat gum disease and keep it under control.

To learn more about the many benefits of preventive dentistry, call the office or book an appointment online today.