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Dental Cleaning - Long Island City, NY

Need a Teeth Cleaning in Long Island City?

Our dentists and hygienists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental, provide professional teeth cleanings in LIC that will help restore your gum health.

A dental cleaning (prophy) is a preventative periodontal procedure that prevents and treats gum disease (gingivitis). It removes plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth to reduce gum inflammation and decrease gum bleeding.

Before & After

Dental cleaning before and after

Signs you need a dental Cleaning

Having your dentition cleaned regularly will help keep your gums and teeth healthy. However, if you don't get them cleaned routinely, they will become inflamed and start bleeding more due to accumulation of unremoved plaque and tartar. The longer you forgo it, the more signs and symptoms you'll have.

Signs & symptoms

  • Gross plaque build up

  • Tartar (calclulus) build up

  • Inflamed gums (red & poofy looking)

  • Easily bleeding gums

  • Bad breath & Malodor

  • Teeth staining or discoloration

  • Loose teeth

  • Sensitivity to cold or hot

The consequence of never getting a prophy will result in the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis), which is gum inflammation. Untreated gingivitis will progress to periodontitis which is the advanced stage that results in bone loss and loosening of the teeth. Ultimately loose teeth can result in tooth loss, which is a big problem.

If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of bacteria, our dentists recommend getting them cleaned every 6 months.

What to expect

Expect to spend about 45 minutes for the teeth cleaning appointment with our hygienists and dentist in Long Island City.


  • Prevents gum disease

  • Prevents cavities

  • Removes stains

  • Freshens breath

  • Improves oral health

  • Catch oral health problems 

Procedure Steps: 45 minutes

  1. Dental checkup and x-rays.

  2. Gross debridement with ultrasonic scaler. It vibrates at 30,000 rpm with pressurized water to remove plaque and tartar off the enamel.

  3. Hand scale to further remove tartar.

  4. Use floss if the scalers aren't reaching the nooks and crannies.

  5. Polish the teeth with fluoridated prophy paste.

  6. Rinse out and you're done!

  7. Our dental hygienist will give you oral hygiene tips on how to do better next time. Don't forget to schedule your next 6 month appt.


On average, if you have dental insurance the teeth cleaning is usually covered at 100% since it is considered a preventative procedure. Although exceptions may apply but it depends on your plan's benefits.

Our dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental are in network with most PPO dental insurances, which means there is most likely no copay for this preventative procedure. Although for some insurance plans, the annual deductible may apply for preventative services.

If you don't have insurance, give us a call to find out the cost.


Is a cleaning necessary?

A teeth cleaning is absolutely necessary for maintaining gum health and preventing gum disease. If plaque and calculus remain on the dentition, the gums will become irritated/inflamed. This results in gum bleeding when you floss or brush, consequently this is the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis. Our long island city dentist recommends that you get your cleaning twice a year or every six months in order to prevent and treat gum disease. Also, if you don't get it done twice a year, your gingivitis can progress to a more advanced stage called periodontitis, which would require an more involved treatment known as a deep teeth cleaning.


There is no alternative to getting your teeth cleaned professionally. Brushing and flossing may help slow down the progression of gum disease but the tartar build up will eventually overwhelm your home care. Once the calcified calculus forms on your teeth, the only way to remove it is by seeing your dentist.

Book your Dental Cleaning

Do you need a dental cleaning in Long Island City, our dentists and dental team at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental get those teeth sparkling and clean. You may self schedule online or call our dental office and our receptionist will help you.

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