Dental Cleanings Specialist

Northwest Smile Center

Donald Johnson, DDS

Dentist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Dental cleanings are very useful. That's why insurance plans almost always cover them. Regular checkups and cleanings from Donald Johnson, DDS, are the top way to prevent cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Northwest Smile Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

What does a dental cleaning involve?

First, there's an exam. Dr. Johnson begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any glaring problems. X-rays may be considered if you're due for them.

After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. The dentist or hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the hygienist or dentist uses a unique, high-powered brush and polishing toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly. 

After the brushing, you receive a professional flossing. Finally, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next appointment.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. 

If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. 

The American Dental Association advises working with your dentist to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.

Whether you need a quick dental cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to the professionals at Northwest Smile Center about your unique situation is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. Meet your dental health needs by following a plan that's been designed just for you, not by following a general plan for the average person.

Do dental cleanings impact other aspects of my health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Given that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, oral health is essential to good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions have also been linked to oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, all play a crucial role in maintaining exceptional health.


If it's time for your next dental cleaning, call Northwest Smile Center or schedule your appointment online.