We believe that a healthy mouth is a critical part of your overall health.
Our article covers all you need to know about maintaining a healthy mouth. Here’s what you need to know:
1. How much is a dental cleaning? Will your insurance cover it?
2. What does a regular professional dental cleaning include?
3. Why are dental cleaning so important? How often should you get them?
4. No insurance? We have fantastic options for you!
A Healthy Mouth = A Healthier You
Regular dental cleanings and exams will help you maintain and keep your natural teeth for life! Regular cleanings and exams can detect small problems before they become uncomfortable and expensive. A great way to keep your dental expenses affordable and your mouth healthy is to receive professional dental cleanings every six months.
If diagnosed with periodontal disease, however, you will need to receive a particular type of cleaning and exam every four months. Regular periodontal maintenance is crucial for a healthy mouth and maintaining bone level.
Worried about Dental Cleaning Cost?
Your professional dental cleaning will include:
The removal of calculus (tartar)
Calculus is a hardened plaque firmly connected to the tooth surface. Calculus can form both above and below the gum line, which enables it only to be removed with specific dental instruments.
The removal of plaque
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums, which could be the start of periodontal disease.
Teeth polishing removes any additional stain and plaque not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling during dental cleanings.
This initial dental exam will include:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) – an x-ray is essential to help determine tooth and root positions and to help detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
- An oral cancer screening- An oral cancer screening includes a check of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- A gum disease evaluation- A gum disease evaluation includes a check of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth for signs of periodontal disease.
- An examination of all tooth surfaces to detect and check for decay (cavities).
- An examination of all existing restorations to ensure quality and functionality.
Dental cleanings are just one of the many services that our West Lincoln dentists offer. Maintaining excellent oral health is crucial to promoting optimal overall health. Any of our dentists would be more than willing to discuss the benefits of dental cleanings done on a routine basis. We believe education is an excellent way for everyone to understand just how serious we are about your oral and overall health.
Why are the benefits of dental cleanings? Are they important?
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The information on this page was written by Dr. Jodi Day.
This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “My patients deserve personalized, quality dental care in an atmosphere they feel comfortable in. At Nebraska Family Dentistry, our team of caring professionals are committed to providing you with a comfortable and positive dental experience. Our goal is to partner with you to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health throughout your lifetime.”
You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist online 24/7 at her West Lincoln Location of Nebraska Family Dentistry. This Lincoln, NE dentist serves the local communities close to Coddington Dental in Garland, Pleasant Dale, Denton, Crete, Milford, Hickman, Roca, Martell, and Panama.
I am looking forward to meeting you soon, Dr. Jodi Day
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For Lincoln Dental Plans
2 Emergency Exams
2 Routine Dental Cleanings (Every 12 Months)
25% Discount on Select Procedures
LDP offers discounts on the following procedures:
Dental Crowns (Excludes Cosmetic Crowns)
Professional Teeth Whitening
Learn More about Lincoln Dental Plans Membership
Coddington Dental is a proud member of Nebraska Family Dentistry. We’re one of multiple NFD locations, some of which are even open on weeknights and weekends for your convenience.
Each NFD team member is trained to go above and beyond to keep our patients calm and comfortable, so you can expect the same exceptional care from all of our sister locations.