Dentist in San Francisco, CA benefits full mouth dental cleaning

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Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh are professional dentists in the San Francisco, CA area helping patients in the community achieve optimum oral health and wellness. This includes full mouth dental cleanings for healthy teeth free from plaque and tartar. There are many benefits to working with a dedicated team that provides a wide selection of services, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care.


What is a full mouth cleaning?

While patients can keep their smile healthy by brushing and flossing after every meal, not everyone can fully clean all areas of their mouth. Even the most diligent of brushers can still miss hard-to-reach areas. When patients visit their dental practice twice a year as directed, they will not only receive a full mouth dental cleaning, but a comprehensive evaluation by a dentist.

A full mouth dental cleaning is:

  • Fast
  • Effective
  • Thorough
  • Affordable

Dentists are able to monitor the health of all areas of the mouth and look for signs of problems such as periodontal disease and dental decay. These are conditions that can negatively impact your oral health. Both conditions can develop due to poor hygiene habits or irregular dental care, but if they are found early enough, our dental team can successfully intervene and provide treatments before the disease progresses and symptoms get worse.


How often should cleanings be performed?

Professional cleaning of the teeth should be done at least twice a year during a routine hygiene appointment with the dentist. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh at West Portal Family Dentistry find that this is the perfect time for patients to undergo an evaluation, x-rays, and ask questions about their oral health care. Patients can also speak freely with their dental team about imperfections of their smile that they would like to improve, possibly with cosmetic dentistry solutions. We offer a variety of treatment options for patient consideration, such as porcelain veneers and composite resin bonding, that can enhance the smile and address problems such as gaps between teeth, broken teeth, or even misaligned teeth—without the need for orthodontics or more costly treatments.

Some patients who have developed conditions such as periodontal disease may need to have their dental cleanings done more often, and may also need to undergo more invasive cleanings such as scaling and root planing. This treatment is done to remove all the bacteria within the mouth to help control the condition and keep it from getting worse. If periodontal conditions are not addressed, they can become a much bigger problem and require more costly treatments. Gum disease may also require additional services such as antibiotics to help in controlling the problem. These issues can be dealt with by speaking to our professionals about treatment options to bring your smile back to health.


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Are dental cleanings covered by dental insurance plans?

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In most cases, dental insurance plans provide coverage for cleanings and examinations done twice a year. This is because they know the importance of routine evaluations and proactive procedures to keep your mouth healthy and free from decay and disease. Patients who have dental coverage are encouraged to bring their insurance information to their appointment so our front office team can determine the benefits offered by your provider. We can then help you apply these in the best way possible to your dental services to save you money.


How long do dental cleanings take?

Most dental cleanings do not take very long when performed by our dental hygienists, unless there are specific issues we need to address during the cleaning. We find that many patients can book their dental visit during a lunch break and get back to their day without any interruption.


Schedule an appointment today!

At West Portal Family Dentistry, we encourage patients to take the time to schedule routine appointments with one of our dentists for an evaluation of their smile and a thorough, full mouth dental cleaning.

Our dentists in San Francisco, CA, including Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh, provide preventive care and many other dental solutions for the smile. If you are interested in discussing your routine dental care with one of our providers, we welcome you to schedule a visit by calling (415) 604-9292 and seeing our team at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite 4.


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Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice

A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.

Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.