Preventive Dentistry

Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings help keep your teeth and gums healthy. As busy New Yorkers, Dr. Bracy respects your time and wants to make it as easy to come to our Chelsea office for a dental cleaning. Simply book your appointment online using one of the online booking buttons on our website, email us or call 212-390-8399

What Is the Cost of a Dental Cleaning in NYC?

“How much does a cleaning cost?” is one of the most frequent questions of callers to our West Village office. The answer is simple. For most patients, the cost is fully covered with your PPO dental insurance plan. Give Dr. Bracy a quick phone call or email, and his staff can let you know if your insurance will cover your cleaning. If you do not have insurance, don’t worry! The price for a dental cleaning is still transparent and affordable. Click on the link for Dr. Bracy’s Membership Plan that includes regular dental cleanings, exams, x-rays, and emergency dentist visits for an affordable monthly price. It is easy to sign up for online!

Your Dental Cleaning Visit

Although most patients’ chief request is to have their teeth cleaned, there will be many more valuable services provided at this visit. Your dental cleaning visit will include a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, an oral cancer screening, oral hygiene instruction, and any recommended dental x-rays. 

To prepare for your dental cleaning visit, click on the forms link above and fill out your new patient questionnaires. This helps Dr. Bracy’s staff to file all your dental insurance claims and get to know your needs ahead of time. When you arrive at our new NYC dental office, you’ll experience no wait times and experience a boutique, stress-free environment. 

You will meet with Dr. Bracy and thoroughly review your medical and dental history, discuss any dental concerns or needs as well as any cosmetic dentistry desires like veneers, bonding, and whitening. Dr. Bracy will then recommend any necessary dental x-rays for you. We strictly follow ADA guidelines for dental x-rays and do not believe in any unnecessary x-rays or dental x-rays for every patient at every visit. 

Dr. Bracy will examine your teeth and gums and provide you with treatment recommendations. 

Your teeth will then be thoroughly cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaning instrument and hand instruments, and finally polished. The cleaning accomplishes removing any plaque, tartar, and surface staining above and below the gum line. 

Finally, it is important to receive feedback on your oral hygiene. Dr. Bracy can recommend the best electric toothbrushes and toothpaste for your needs. If you have any dental treatment needed, it can be scheduled at this visit, or easily on our website. 

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

Regular dental cleanings are essential for healthy teeth and gums! For patients with good dental health, six-month intervals are recommended. However, many patients with gum disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, benefit from a more frequent schedule of three or four-month cleanings. 

How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?

At the very minimum, one hour will be dedicated to your cleaning appointment. Dental cleanings are important and the foundation for healthy teeth and gums! Dr. Bracy does not believe in rushed or quick cleanings and dedicates ample time for comfortable, personalized dental care. 

“Deep Cleanings”

Many times patients refer to, or ask about “deep cleanings.” This term usually refers to “periodontal scaling and root planing.”

This procedure is a non-surgical treatment for the gum disease, called periodontitis, and in cases of severe gum inflammation. This type of dental cleaning is needed when there is plaque and tartar deep below the gum line, or there is pocketing in the gum tissue. The dental hygienist needs extra time for this cleaning, and your gums will be numbed, so you do not feel a thing! 

After your deep cleaning, you will be re-evaluated to see if your gum disease improved. In many cases, this non-surgical gum therapy is enough to halt the disease process. If further treatment is necessary, Dr. Bracy will work with you and a periodontist or gum disease specialist to resolve your issues. Healthy teeth and gums are as simple as visiting our NYC dental office!