Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dental Cleanings

Take charge of your oral health and reclaim your healthy, confident smile!

We invite you to contact our Albuquerque office at 505-332-8025 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment today. 

Take charge of your oral health and reclaim your healthy, confident smile!

We invite you to contact our Albuquerque office at 505-332-8025 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment today. 

Dental Cleanings / Gum Therapy in Albuquerque NM

At Sandia Heights Dental Care, our goal is to help our valued patients maintain healthy smiles for life!

Keeping up with your routine dental cleanings is an integral component of preventive dentistry designed to keep tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease at bay. If, however, it has been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, there’s a good chance you will need a deep dental cleaning. 

How Often Should You Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular visits to the dentist. In general, most individuals require dental cleanings every six months. If, however, you have signs of gum disease, you may need to get your teeth cleaned more frequently.

Periodontal Maintenance
- An Overview

After scaling and root planing, most patients require periodontal maintenance appointments every three to four months. During your visits, we will evaluate your gum health, clean your teeth, and intervene when necessary to keep your gums as healthy as possible. Maintaining meticulous oral hygiene practices at home is essential to managing gum disease and preventing damage to the underlying structures supporting your teeth.

The Importance of Preventive Dental Cleanings

Regular teeth brushing and flossing are essential, but to ensure your smile stays healthy and strong, you need to schedule regular cleanings. Our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and gum line, lowering the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We will also remove surface stains that dull and discolor your teeth, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. 

Dental cleanings offer an excellent opportunity for our team to detect early signs of dental problems, ensuring prompt treatment. That helps prevent the need for costly and complex procedures down the road. 

Aside from your oral health, dental cleanings reflect on your overall health. Keeping your gums healthy lowers your risk of serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, and more. Moreover, dental cleanings offer an opportunity to screen for early signs of oral cancer, providing the best chance for successful treatment. 

Regular Dental Cleanings - An Overview

Our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar deposits, floss your teeth, and use a special gritty polisher to remove surface stains. We may also recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce your risk of tooth decay. Proper oral hygiene practices at home and regular professional teeth cleanings help keep harmful oral bacteria to a minimum, lowering your risk of dental disease. 

Deep Dental Cleanings - An Overview

Poor oral hygiene practices and neglecting to keep up with routine dental cleanings can lead to periodontal or gum disease. The progressive condition, left untreated, can destroy the bone and connective tissues holding the teeth in place, leading to loose teeth and tooth loss. 

If you have signs of gum disease, Dr. Leon may recommend a deep cleaning, a procedure known as “scaling and root planing.” Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from your tooth surfaces and gum line. Root planing, on the other hand, involves cleaning and smoothing out the tooth root surfaces, which helps promote gum tissue healing and reattachment. 

Depending on your unique needs, scaling and root planing may require more than one appointment. The non-surgical procedure effectively treats gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is not reversible once the inflammation and infection progress. However, scaling and root planing can prevent the condition from advancing and wreaking havoc on your oral health. 

Sandia Height Dental Care’s Cutting-Edge Diode Laser Therapy

At Sandia Heights Dental Care, we are committed to providing cutting-edge technology to keep your appointments as comfortable, effective, and pain-free as possible. We’re pleased to offer the award-winning Gemini diode laser to facilitate regular and deep dental cleanings. Diode laser therapy helps lower sensitivity and makes you more comfortable during cleanings. It also helps reduce harmful bacteria, decontaminates the periodontal pockets, removes diseased tissues, and promotes gum tissue healing.

Dental Cleaning and Periodontal Therapy Near Me in Albuquerque, NM

Visit Sandia Height Dental Care to determine whether you require a regular preventive cleaning or scaling and root planing. Dr. Leon and her team will evaluate your oral health and help you make the best decision for your smile. You can always count on us for care and service that exceed your expectations.