Professional Dental Cleanings in Midlothian, VA

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Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth daily at home, it is still important for you to get a dental cleaning twice a year. Using state-of-the-art tools, a dental cleaning removes tartar and plaque that has built up and then polishes your enamel for a healthier, seamless smile. After your cleaning, Dr. Jacob Sheppard or Dr. Ronald Jessup can provide tips on better ways to clean your teeth at home. A professional dental cleaning at Sycamore Family Dentistry will give us the opportunity to perform a dental exam to identify any problem areas in the mouth that might need further treatment. To improve and maintain your oral health, make an appointment for a dental cleaning at our Midlothian, VA office.

Who Should Get A Dental Cleaning?

The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests patients have a professional cleaning twice a year. Babies should get a dental exam before their first birthday, and following that, Dr. Sheppard will help you decide when your child is ready for their next dental appointment. A cleaning can prevent cavities since plaque buildup, the most significant cause of tooth decay, is removed. A dental cleaning will also address tartar and stains on the teeth. If you would like to freshen your breath, brighten your smile, improve your oral health, and avoid spending money on more expensive treatments, schedule a dental cleaning for your whole family at Sycamore Family Dentistry.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Cleanings?

Midlothian, VA Individuals who make the proactive choice to undergo regular oral cleanings can anticipate an array of advantageous outcomes following their dental procedure, encompassing a variety of benefits such as:

  • Lessening of plaque and debris buildup
  • Opportunity to choose fluoride treatment to bolster and safeguard dental health
  • Improvement of comprehensive oral health and appearance
  • Protecting against conditions like dental caries or other issues before they worsen

Your dental cleaning will typically take about 30 – 60 minutes. We will use special instruments to address the tartar and plaque buildup on your teeth, which can be hard to remove on your own with brushing and flossing. To start, an ultrasonic device with a lubricating mist and high-speed vibrations will be utilized to break apart large chunks of plaque and tartar. Next, handheld instruments, like a curette or scaler, will remove smaller pieces. Every tooth needs to be treated individually to effectively target all of the buildup. After the teeth have been cleaned, your enamel will be polished to remove stains. If requested, a professional fluoride treatment can be performed afterward.

I had some dental anxiety and hadn't visited a dentist in more time than I'm willing to admit. I finally made an appointment after some nudging from my wife and I couldn't be happier that I did. Dr. Sheppard and the dental hygienist, Cindy were both nothing but professional, caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental. They gave me a ton of great advice for dental care and also gave me some options for some cosmetic improvements to my teeth. I have a bit of work to get done, so I have to go back, but I can honestly say I'm looking forward to going back and getting the work done. My teeth already look noticeably better after the thorough cleaning done by Cindy, and I didn't experience any pain during the cleaning. To anyone putting off going to the dentist or anyone looking for a dentist in general, I cant recommend Dr. Sheppard and his staff enough, they will take care of you.

B.D. Google

Had cleanings as well as fillings and the people and work is great. They also do teeth whitening and i was so happy with how it turned out!!

J.P. Google

Dr. Shaperd and Staff has always been there for me. They work me in when needed for dental procedures, cleanings etc. The staff is always cheerful and courteous to me.

S.M. Google

The Sycamore Family Dentistry has treated my family like their’s for all of the years that we have come. They have great service, fast cleaning, and they make it fun for the kids.

K.L. Google

Love this dentist and staff. No long wait in the reception area. Hygienist was exceptionally efficient and caring during the cleaning and taking the X-rays. Highly recommend this practice❤️🤩

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Keep your mouth healthy with professional dental cleanings twice a year at Sycamore Family Dentistry. Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup can help you or your family improve your oral health with professional dental cleanings to remove tartar and plaque buildup. Contact our Midlothian, VA office today to make appointments for your whole family.

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Does a dental cleaning hurt?

No, dental cleanings are typically not painful and most patients do not even find them uncomfortable. Our experienced team at Sycamore Family Dentistry will expertly, yet gently clean the deep stuck-on tartar and plaque from your teeth. People with sensitive teeth or periodontitis (gum disease) may find a dental cleaning somewhat uncomfortable, but it usually does not hurt. If you have any sensitivity after your dental cleaning, over-the-counter pain relievers can help keep you comfortable (always consult your physician).

How long does a dental cleaning take?

It depends on your oral health needs, but a typical dental cleaning at Sycamore Family Dentistry can take about 30 – 60 minutes. If a dental issue is found, or Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup recommends diagnostic testing, it can add time to your dental cleaning. Our goal is always to give you an expert dental cleaning quickly and effectively so you can get back to your day.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

The frequency of dental cleanings depends on your overall oral health. In general, the ADA (American Dental Association) and Sycamore Family Dentistry recommend that patients have a dental cleaning every six months, or twice a year to maintain the health of their teeth and gums. Patients with certain health risks, like diabetes or gum disease, may be recommended for more frequent dental cleanings and checkups.

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