To keep your mouth clean and healthy, you need to take proper care of it. A big part of accomplishing this is through brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis. However, brushing and flossing alone, even following the recommendations set forth by the ADA, are not enough to prevent serious oral health conditions like gum disease and tooth decay. At National Dental Douglaston, we can help you maintain the health of your mouth with professional cleanings.


Brushing and flossing your teeth at home are critical components to your oral health. However, even if you brush twice a day, following the ADA’s recommended two minutes per session guidelines and angle your toothbrush at 45-degrees, and meticulously floss once a day, you can still find yourself faced with issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. This is because no matter how diligently you clean your teeth, there are still crevices that can be missed, and these places make perfect homes for harmful oral bacteria. Over time, bacteria multiply and attack your teeth and gums. Gum disease and tooth decay only worsen as they go untreated, and can cause infections and tooth loss.

A professional cleaning is a thorough cleaning, performed at least once every six months unless more sessions are recommended. At National Dental, we pride ourselves in providing you with the best oral health care available and utilize the latest tools, technology, and techniques (such as the intraoral camera and electric handpieces) to achieve this goal.


Your cleaning is a fairly simple, straightforward procedure. We start by removing plaque, bacteria, and tartar (hardened plaque also called calculus, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush). We are careful to get all surfaces of your teeth, including between them and just below the gum line.

After the surfaces of your teeth are scraped clean, we then move on to polishing. With our electric handpiece, we apply a special polish that contains abrasives. This helps to remove any buildup remaining on your teeth, as well as surface stains, giving your teeth a beautiful, smooth shine. The electric handpiece is not only effective but quiet, which can be a great relief to those who suffer from anxiety over dental visits.

Once your teeth have been polished, we give them a thorough flossing. Even though you might already be doing this at home every day, another session cannot hurt. We can reach areas of your teeth that you might otherwise not be able to. The extra flossing will also help to remove any loosened plaque and tartar, along with leftover polish, that may not have been rinsed away. We will also discuss the potential application of a fluoride treatment. While fluoride is common for use on children, adults of any age can benefit as well. Fluoride helps to rebuild the strength of your teeth and protect them against acid attacks.

Brushing and flossing at home are crucial, but so, too, are professional cleanings. If it’s been a while since your last dental cleaning, contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882!