Brushing your teeth is an important daily habit. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes per session to achieve optimal results. However, taking care of your mouth at home is only a part of maintaining your oral health. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we can help with routine cleanings.


Throughout the day, plaque and bacteria naturally build up on your teeth. Brushing and flossing every day helps to keep these issues under control. They can, however, only go so far. There are certain areas of your mouth that are harder to reach than others. If you consistently miss the same areas, the plaque and bacteria continue to grow and can lead to gum irritation (which then leads to gum disease), and decay (which causes cavities). With a professional cleaning, these areas can be easily seen, with the assistance of our intraoral camera, so that we can effectively remove buildup from your teeth. By doing so, we can help you keep your mouth clean and healthy.


At home, you are equipped with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. These tools are important in fighting against tooth decay and gum disease, but they are not enough. Our office contains the latest tools and technologies that are designed for optimizing your oral health. With our intraoral camera, we can see areas that are more difficult to clean. We are equipped to remove even the most stubborn tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing or flossing), providing you with a much more effective cleaning than what can be achieved at home.


Dental cleanings are a simple, painless procedure. We start by scraping the surfaces of your teeth. We remove plaque, tartar and bacteria buildup, along with other debris, from all visible surfaces as well as between your teeth, and even just below the gum line. The surfaces of your teeth are made smooth, which makes it harder for anything to adhere to them.

After your teeth have been scraped clean, we then move on to polishing. This is done using our electric handpiece and a specialized polish that contains abrasives. As the head of the handpiece rotates, it works the polish on your teeth, scrubbing them clean. We will then floss your teeth. Even if you have already flossed once before your cleaning, a second flossing is not going to hurt. In addition to removing any plaque and tartar from between your teeth, it also works to dislodge any loosened debris and polish that may have been left behind. If necessary, we can finish your cleaning with a fluoride treatment.


There are several benefits to a professional dental cleaning:

  • Your oral health is improved.
  • Your at-home care routine is made easier.
  • We help to prevent serious oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Your teeth will appear whiter. Both scraping them clean and polishing them help to remove surface stains, revealing the white enamel underneath.
  • Your breath is made fresher.
  • Your overall health is improved. By preventing serious oral health issues, we can help to prevent bacteria entering your bloodstream (which can otherwise lead to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes).
  • Save money. By preventing serious issues now, you prevent the need for more invasive, more expensive, procedures later.

If it is time for your dental cleaning, call National Dental Oakland Gardens at (718) 407-0574 to schedule your appointment today!