Dental Cleanings

Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC

General Dentist located in Washington, DC

Taking good care of your teeth can prevent a whole host of problems from popping up down the road. General dentist Mohammed Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, offers dental cleaning services at his private practice in Washington, DC. If you want to prevent serious dental problems with regular cleanings, call the Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC office or book an appointment online today.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

Why is it important to get dental cleanings?

Professional teeth cleanings and routine checkups are a critical part of your oral health care strategy. Although you may maintain impeccable oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing daily, you can still benefit from the professional care of a dental hygienist.

It takes specialized instruments to really remove tough tartar, and a hygienist can see parts of your mouth that are completely out of your view.

Aside from keeping your teeth clean, it’s important to come in for routine dental exams to prevent minor problems from developing into major ones. For example, it’s much simpler for Dr. Nkutu Kirunda to fill a small cavity than restore a severely decayed tooth.

Regular dental cleanings:

  • Prevent cavities and tooth loss
  • Brighten your smile
  • Freshen your breath
  • Increase overall health
  • Prevent costly dental procedures, thereby saving money

Depending on the condition of your teeth, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda may recommend getting a cleaning once or twice per year.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dr. Nkutu Kirunda has registered hygienists to perform your dental cleaning. The entire cleaning should be relatively quick and painless.

First, the hygienist uses special instruments to gently scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then, they polish your teeth with a rotating toothbrush and gritty paste. After you rinse your mouth, the hygienist may also apply a fluoride gel to strengthen your teeth.

Once your teeth are clean, the hygienist reviews tips on how to maintain a healthy smile with proper home care. These tips may include:

  • Techniques for effective brushing
  • Daily flossing
  • Using mouthwash

What does a dentist check for during a routine exam?

Dr. Nkutu Kirunda may perform a comprehensive routine exam after your dental cleaning. He checks your entire mouth, including all teeth and soft tissues, for any abnormalities.

He may take X-rays to further examine your teeth. X-rays help Dr. Nkutu Kirunda catch any problems early on before they develop into significant issues.

During your exam, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda checks for the following oral health problems:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth grinding
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Signs of oral cancer

If you want to maintain a healthy set of teeth, set up a regular schedule of dental cleanings and preventive care exams with Dr. Nkutu Kirunda by calling or clicking online today.