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Dental Cleaning in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Are Dental Cleanings?

Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth perfectly at home, it is still beneficial to regularly visit us for a professional dental cleaning here at Life Dental & Orthodontics. Using state-of-the-art tools, a professional cleaning treats tartar and plaque that has built up while polishing your teeth for a brighter, healthier smile. During your cleaning, you can get tips on caring for your teeth at home and learn if there are certain areas that may need special care. A professional cleaning will give us the opportunity to check for any areas of concern in the mouth that might need treatment, such as periodontal disease. Having a dental cleaning is an important step in maintaining your oral health, so schedule appointments for your family at our Walnut Creek, CA office.

What Can I Expect During A Dental Cleaning?

A professional cleaning will start by removing the plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, which can be difficult to remove at home, no matter how often you brush and floss. Professional tools are used to scale buildup without harming the tooth. To begin, an ultrasonic device addresses bigger areas of plaque and tartar with a lubricating mist and high-speed vibrations. Then, a fine handheld instrument (like a curette or scaler) will remove any remaining buildup. Every tooth will be scaled to get all the tartar and plaque. Once your teeth are clean, your enamel will be polished to remove stains. If requested or needed, a fluoride treatment will be completed after the cleaning. If any evidence of an oral condition, such as periodontal disease, is found, we will discuss all available treatment options with you to help bring you back to optimal dental wellness.

I’ve been a patient of Life Dental since around 1976, first as a patient of Dr. Jack Hockel, then Dr. Jack and his son, Dr. Brian Hockel, and now Dr. Ching, an associate dentist with Dr. Brian under the new business name,  Life Dental and Orthodontics.  My experience with what I call the Hockel team has been nothing but exceptional.  The quality of their work is outstanding - all services from reception, to dental hygiene (shoutout for Rachel!), to restorative care...I’ve had it all. I recently had a filling redone by Dr. Ching, my first  visit with her, and she was wonderful - very gentle, checked in periodically to make sure I was doing ok, and shared some parts of the procedure she was doing along the way. I felt like an artist was performing the work and, indeed, when given a mirror, the result was amazing. The spot was on a front tooth and it looked like I had a new tooth. I can’t recommend this practice more highly.  One visit and you feel like the most important patient in the practice.

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Everyone is nice and friendly. Came in for cleaning and had no problems. Very gentle on gums and teeth. Left feeling great! Thank you!

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Staff was very courteous & efficient. Rachel did an amazing job cleaning my teeth.

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Sam was personable, professional, and answered all of my questions! ♥️

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Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Maintain Optimal Oral Health

Keep your teeth healthy with professional dental cleanings regularly at Life Dental & Orthodontics. Our team helps patients improve their oral and overall health with dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar. As an important procedure in any proactive dental care plan, a professional dental cleaning can save you and your family from a lot of trouble and extensive treatments later. Contact our team to schedule a cleaning for your whole family.

Are there any special preparations I need to do before coming in for a dental cleaning?

Generally, no special preparations are required before a dental cleaning at Life Dental & Orthodontics. However, it's good practice to brush and floss your teeth before your appointment. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, let our team know in advance so we can adjust cleaning techniques accordingly.

What measures are taken to ensure the safety and hygiene during dental cleanings?

Life Dental & Orthodontics adheres to strict sterilization and infection control protocols. All instruments are thoroughly sterilized, and surfaces are disinfected between patients. We follow guidelines set by leading dental associations and health authorities to ensure safety for both patients and dental team members.

What should I do if I have dental anxiety but need a cleaning?

Life Dental & Orthodontics is experienced in managing dental anxiety. We offer various sedation options to help patients feel more relaxed during their dental cleaning. Communicate your concerns with us before your appointment so we can prepare to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

How long does a typical dental cleaning take?

A typical dental cleaning session at Life Dental & Orthodontics lasts about 45 to 60 minutes. This time frame allows the hygienist to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar, polish your teeth, and assess your overall oral health. The duration might vary based on individual needs and the condition of your oral health.

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