Dental Exam & Cleaning

Teeth are free, tooth decay and infection is expensive, and bad breath is just embarrassing! Avoid all of this with regular dental cleanings and exams!


The accumulation of plaque and calculus around the teeth and under the gums can cause a cascade of dental problems like tooth decay, gingivitis, bone loss, halitosis (bad breath), and eventually, tooth loss. Routine cleanings in Williamsburg, New York, rid the mouth of harmful bacteria and ensure you can enjoy a lifetime of exceptional oral health. Continue reading to learn more about the dental exams and cleanings performed at Grand Street Dental.

What is a Dental Exam and Cleaning?

A dental exam and cleaning appointment helps cleanse the teeth and gumline of plaque and calculus. This oral treatment helps prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, bone loss, and bad breath. It is recommended biannually for individuals to experience optimal dental health. Dental exams and cleaning appointments are both preventative and restorative.

Candidates for a Dental Exam and Cleaning

All individuals should receive regular dental exams and cleanings. Most individuals should schedule appointments every six months to experience ideal dental hygiene. If you experience symptoms such as bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, discomfort, or tooth decay beforehand, it is crucial that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Dental Exam and Cleaning Procedure

At Grand Street Dental in Williamsburg, we begin with a comprehensive examination of teeth and gums to create a customized treatment plan for your unique oral needs. Your examination will include low-radiation digital X-rays to detect decay between the teeth and an oral cancer screening. We then use both hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler to gently break up plaque and tartar that build up below the gum line. Our team will also tell you what you need to know about home care between visits so that future cleanings will be effortless and easy.

Dental Exam and Cleaning Results

After your dental exam and cleaning, you may experience mild temporary side effects, including bleeding, swelling, redness, and discomfort. These commonly occur due to flossing the teeth and addressing hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. Since your side effects are incredibly mild, you are free to enjoy the rest of your day as usual. To maintain your dental hygiene afterward, follow your dentists recommendations on flossing and brushing your teeth twice daily.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are due for your dental exam and cleaning, please get in touch with us today at Grand Street Dental to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Brooklyn, New York office by filling out our online contact form or calling us at (718) 942-9942.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get a dental cleaning?

Dental cleaning appointments are recommended every six months. While some patients may require more frequent appointments, appointments should not span more than one year apart.

What should I expect from a dental cleaning?

During your 1-hour appointment, you can expect to lie down in a dental chair. At this time, one of our professionals examines your teeth, flosses them, removes plaque and tartar, and polishes the enamel with a mildly abrasive dental-grade paste.

What is the difference between a dental exam and a cleaning?

During a cleaning, your dental professional will clean the teeth by removing plaque and tartar and using scalers and ultrasonic devices. During a dental exam, your dentist will examine the teeth, mouth, and throat to scope out any dental issues, including cavities, gum disease, loose fillings, and oral cancer.

How do I maintain clean teeth?

Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes is essential. Tooth brushing and daily flossing prevent plaque from building up on the teeth. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay.

What are the benefits of dental cleaning?

Dental cleaning can prevent cavities, remove plaque, minimize tooth loss, freshen your breath, and save you money and painful dental issues in the long run.

What happens if I do not keep up with my dental cleanings?

If you do not schedule routine dental cleanings, plaque can build up in hard-to-reach corners of the mouth and can turn into hardened tartar also referred to as calculus. This will require professional debridement. Tartar can contribute to cavities, erosion of gum tissue, gum disease, and tooth decay.

How painful are dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings are normally pain-free treatments. This is because there is no cutting or injecting involved. Sometimes, tooth pain and sensitivity may emerge a day or two after the procedure depending on the amount of plaque build up.