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Keith Bracy, DDS Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

How can we help you?

We understand you may have some questions about particular dental procedures or if we are the right dental practice in NYC for you. Please browse the below information for some helpful information on the procedures we perform. 

If you have other unanswered questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 212-390-8399. Our friendly staff is on hand to answer your questions and welcome you to our new Chelsea, West Village NYC dental office! 

Preventive Dentistry

dental cleaning | dental exam | greenwich village It depends. Dental cleanings are important not only to your oral health, but also your overall health! A professional dental cleaning is one of the primary tools to fight the gum disease, called gingivitis, or puffy, inflamed, and bleeding gums. Deep cleanings and more frequent cleanings are also used in the non-surgical treatment of the gum disease called periodontitis, characterized by receding bone and gum levels.

How Often Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?

The frequency of a dental cleaning (technical term “prophylaxis”) is largely dependent on a personalized assessment of your teeth, gums, and oral hygiene by Dr. Bracy. Most patients with low-risk factors for dental disease can have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, for those with gum disease or poor oral hygiene, a cleaning schedule of every 3-4 months is a therapeutic must!

Some patients need a deep cleaning (technical term “quadrant scaling and root planing”) for their first cleaning at the office and then can switch to 2-4 per year. Your medical history also plays a role in determining how many dental cleanings you should have. Smokers, diabetics, and HIV+ patients are at higher risk for developing gum disease like periodontitis and should discuss the frequency and type of cleanings needed with Dr. Bracy. 

Why Regular Cleanings are Important

A healthy mouth is an integral part of a healthy body! New research is demonstrating the link between oral health and cardiac and inflammatory disease. At your cleaning visit, you can expect a thorough cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler, hand instruments, and polishing treatments. Dr. Bracy will take your cleaning seriously because it is an essential part of healthy living. Your cleaning appointment will never be rushed, and you will be given a full hour to ensure a thorough dental cleaning. You’ll also get honest oral hygiene advice in a non-judgmental environment. Getting a dental cleaning is easy at Dr. Bracy’s West Village dental office. You can book the appointment online easily! 

same day dental visit | dentist | greenwich village nyYes, we value your time as a busy New Yorker and are happy to accept same-day and last-minute appointments. Just give our Greenwich Village, NYC dental office a call at 212-390-8399 or book online on this website. We often get cancellations or have time in the schedule to accommodate your dental cleaning on the same day or next day.

Across New York City, there have been many dental practices opening, offering same-day and walk-in dental appointments. At Keith Bracy, DDS we are a boutique dental office located in the Village, we offer affordable, personalized dental care and can accommodate your busy schedule. Unlike large group practices and corporate dental chains, our oral health providers want to develop a trusting relationship with you and provide for your dental needs for the long term.

Our lead dental hygienist is Shirley Tam, RDH. Shirley believes in providing honest, upfront dental advice and provide thorough dental cleanings. We never double book patients and want you to have an enjoyable dental visit. Your dental cleaning visit includes any routine x-rays and a dental check-up to make your teeth and gums are healthy. You will be all smiles at our West 12th street dental office!

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COVID-19 - Our dental office is following the American Dental Association guidelines that all dental office nationwide temporarily close and perform only emergency procedures. If you are a current patient and having a dental emergency such as pain or swelling please call us at 212-390-8399. If you have a scheduled appointment for a routine procedure, it has been cancelled and we will be in touch to reschedule as soon as it is advised. We are always here for our patients via email [email protected]