Dental Cleanings

Dental NV

Shahrokh Soltani, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Sterling, VA

The American Dental Association strongly encourages patients of all ages to see their dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, but many people delay their visit until there’s a serious problem. Dentist Shahrokh Soltani, DMD, and the team at Dental NV in Sterling, Virginia, make these routine visits stress-free so that you can maintain your oral health with ease. Make your appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

Why do I need regular dental cleanings?

No matter how well you brush and floss at home, plaque and bacteria can still build up in tough-to-reach areas in your smile. When this hidden bacteria is left on your teeth for too long, it can lead to decay.

With regular dental cleanings, Dr. Soltani eradicates the plaque and bacteria that you miss with your at-home care, leaving you with teeth that feel polished, refreshed, and resist the accumulation of further plaque.

Regular dental cleanings also give Dr. Soltani an opportunity to identify developing problems like gum disease and cavities before they become serious.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

When you come in for a dental cleaning at Dental NV, the team of dental experts gently scrape your teeth above and below the gumline with a dental instrument. They might also use an ultrasonic vibrating device to free up particularly hard plaque and tartar. They finish your cleaning by flossing and polishing your teeth, giving you a fully fresh new smile.

After your cleaning, Dr. Soltani assesses the health of your teeth, gums, mouth tissue, tongue, and jaw. If he notices that any problems are developing, he discusses treatment options with you. Many visits also include X-rays in addition to your cleaning and oral exam.

How frequently should I get a dental cleaning?

Most people need two checkups per year, but if you have a particular dental condition, like gum disease, you might need more. You can consult with Dr. Soltani to determine how often you should be seen.

Do dental cleanings hurt?

Most patients enjoy their cleanings. It can feel good to get a deep clean, and your teeth will be particularly polished and smooth afterward.

If it’s been a while since your last appointment or if you’re not taking good care of your teeth at home, your cleaning might be slightly less comfortable. A heavy buildup of plaque and tartar can make your teeth and gums more sensitive, which can make your cleaning a little more difficult.

Dr. Soltani or a hygienist might accidentally touch the soft palate in the back of your throat during a cleaning or exam, which can create the unpleasant sensation of gagging. If you have a particularly sensitive gag reflex, let Dr. Soltani and his team know so that they can take particular care to avoid triggering it.

Dr. Soltani and his team are committed to giving you the most comfortable experience possible, so you should also feel free to discuss any concerns you might have about pain or discomfort. They’ll do their best to address them so that you can have a smile that’s both healthy and happy.

Book your dental cleaning today by calling the Dental NV office or scheduling an appointment online.