Dental Cleanings Specialist

Gentle Dental of West New York

Leon S. Itskov, DDS

Dentist located in West New York, NJ

Dental cleanings are one of the first lines of defense against gum disease. At Gentle Dental of West New York, Dr. Itzkov helps patients in and around the New Jersey Palisades reduce the risk of gum disease and promote better oral health with comprehensive cleaning treatments.

Dental Cleanings

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are designed to help remove bacteria, plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing have missed so tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented. Special instruments reach between and around the teeth and along the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar, and polishing instruments are used to remove superficial stains and help teeth look their best. During the cleaning appointment, the hygienist will look for signs of gum disease, as well as areas that are not being adequately cleaned with routine brushing and flossing. Based on that data, the hygienist can provide tips that can help patients be more effective in caring for their teeth in between office visits.

How often should I have a routine teeth cleaning appointment?

Most patients should have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months to help prevent a buildup of plaque and tartar and to maintain optimal gum and tooth health. Having cleanings twice a year also enables the hygienist and dentist to look for early signs of gum disease so treatment can be provided to keep the disease from progressing. Patients who have mild to moderate gum disease might need to have professional cleanings performed more often.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Early gum disease causes few symptoms, although the gums may bleed during brushing and flossing. As the disease progresses, the gums may become red, swollen and tender. Eventually, the gum tissue will begin to recede from the teeth, exposing more of the teeth to disease-causing bacteria. Without treatment, the bacteria will cause infection near the root, loosening teeth can be causing them to fall out.

What if I have gum disease?

Although routine cleanings can be used to treat the earliest signs of gum disease, when gum disease is more advanced, deep-cleaning methods are needed to reach and remove bacteria that are located below the gum line and even around the tooth roots. These cleaning methods are called root planing and scaling, and they're often used in combination with special antibiotics to help get rid of hard-to-reach bacteria.

Accepted Dental Insurance

We will process and submit all insurance claims and pre-authorizations for you. Your insurance company can then pay us directly, and/or we will bill for any appropriate balance. Our Prevention, Diagnosis or Treatment Planning is guaranteed to be without regard to the limitations imposed by your insurance coverage.

PLEASE NOTE: we only accept commercial and PPO insurances. We DO NOT accept DMO, HMO, or government-issued insurances (i.e. Medicaid or Family Care). Please contact the office for more information.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Dental
Horizon Healthcare
United Concordia Dental