FAQs About Dental Cleanings: Everything You Need to Understand

FAQs About Dental Cleanings: Everything You Need to Understand


Welcome to PoCo Dental Group – Dental Clinic in Port Coquitlam! We understand that dental cleanings can sometimes be a source of confusion or anxiety for patients. However, they are crucial to maintaining oral health and preventing various dental issues. In this blog post, we’ll address some common questions and concerns about dental cleanings to provide you with a better understanding of their importance and what to expect during your visit.

Q1. What exactly is dental cleaning? 

Answer: A dental cleaning, or dental prevention, is a professional procedure performed by a dental hygienist or dentist to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth. It involves several steps, including scaling, polishing, and sometimes fluoride treatment, to leave teeth clean and smooth.

Q2. How often should I get a dental cleaning?

Answer: The frequency of dental cleanings depends on your oral health needs. For most people, it’s recommended to have a cleaning every six months. However, if you have gum disease or other dental issues, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to maintain optimal oral health.

Q3. Is dental cleaning painful?

Answer: Many patients worry that dental cleanings will be painful but are typically not. During the cleaning, you may feel some pressure or mild discomfort, especially during scaling to remove tartar buildup. However, your dental hygienist will do their best to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

Q4. Can dental cleaning prevent cavities?

Answer: Dental cleanings can help prevent cavities by removing plaque and tartar, major contributors to tooth decay. Additionally, your dental hygienist may apply fluoride during the cleaning to strengthen your tooth enamel and protect against cavities.

Q5. Does insurance cover dental cleanings?

Answer: Most dental insurance plans cover preventive services like dental cleanings. However, coverage can vary depending on your specific plan, so you must check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage details. Our staff at PoCo Dental Group can also assist you in determining your insurance coverage and maximizing your benefits.

Q6. How long does a dental cleaning take?

Answer: The duration of a dental cleaning can vary depending on factors such as the amount of plaque and tartar buildup, the condition of your teeth and gums, and whether additional treatments like fluoride are included. A dental cleaning appointment typically lasts between 30 minutes to an hour.

Q7. Can I eat or drink after a dental cleaning?

Answer: It’s generally recommended to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes to an hour after dental cleaning to allow any fluoride treatment to penetrate your teeth thoroughly. Additionally, your teeth may feel sensitive immediately following the cleaning, so it’s best to stick to soft foods and avoid hot or cold beverages.

Q8. What should I do between dental cleanings to maintain oral health?

Answer: Besides regular dental cleanings, good oral hygiene at home includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary snacks and beverages can help prevent cavities and maintain oral health.

Q9. How soon after getting a dental cleaning can I schedule other dental procedures like fillings or crowns?

Answer: You can typically schedule other dental procedures immediately after a dental cleaning as long as your dentist doesn’t anticipate any issues that require further treatment. Your dentist will advise you on the best course of action based on your oral health needs.

Q10. Are there any age restrictions for dental cleanings? Should children receive cleanings as well?

Answer: There are no age restrictions for dental cleanings; children should start receiving cleanings when they have teeth. Early dental cleanings help children develop good oral hygiene habits and prevent dental issues as they age.

Q11. How can I tell if I need dental cleaning? Are there any signs or symptoms to watch out for?

Answer: Signs that you may need a dental cleaning include visible plaque or tartar buildup, bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth sensitivity. However, regular dental check-ups are the best way to determine if you need a cleaning and to address any underlying dental issues.

Q12. What should I expect during my first dental cleaning appointment at PoCo Dental Group?

Answer: During your first dental cleaning appointment at PoCo Dental Group, you can expect a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, followed by a professional cleaning performed by a dental hygienist. Your hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth and may provide additional treatments, such as fluoride application. Your dentist will also discuss any findings and recommendations for ongoing dental care.


We hope this blog post has answered some of your questions about dental cleanings and provided you with a better understanding of their importance in maintaining optimal oral health. If you have any further questions or want to schedule a dental cleaning at PoCo Dental Group in Port Coquitlam, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your smile is our priority, and we’re here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

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