Dental Cleaning Specialist

Rick Pan, DMD

Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Because your dental health is directly connected to your overall health, it's difficult to overstate the importance of routine dental cleanings also known as dental prophylaxis. Dr. Rick Pan and his staff offer comprehensive dental cleaning services as part of your routine dental exam appointments. If you're overdue for dental cleaning, call Dr. Pan's San Jose, California office to schedule an appointment right away. Online scheduling is also available and can help you find an appointment time that fits your busy life.

Dental Cleaning Q&A

Why are dental cleanings important?

Dental exams and teeth cleaning are important components of your dental health. Many people think of their medical health as something apart from their dental needs. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth.

A growing body of research supports the notion that unhealthy teeth and gums can cause numerous medical problems throughout your body. For example, there are known links between poor dental health and issues like diabetes, heart disease, and weaken immune system.

Scheduling routine dental examinations and teeth cleaning allows Dr. Pan the opportunity to examine your teeth and gums and address signs of trouble in the earliest stages. That enables an aggressive treatment response that can help preserve your dental and overall health.

What happens during dental cleanings and exams?

During your appointment, Dr. Pan reviews your record and discusses any changes that have occurred since your last visit. He then examines your teeth for signs of decay.

If needed, X-ray imaging can provide a more in-depth view of your tooth and bone tissue. Dr. Pan also checks your gum tissue for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.

If he notes evidence of a problem, Dr. Pan creates a customized treatment plan to address your specific set of needs. He'll go over all available treatment options and help you determine the right path.

What kinds of issues can be addressed during dental cleanings/exams?

Depending on your dental needs and the length of your appointment, Dr. Pan may schedule an additional appointment to address certain issues. For example, if you have a cavity, it may not be possible to perform a filling on the same day.

If you show signs of gum disease, a deep cleaning may be necessary. This procedure is similar to a routine dental cleaning appointment, but includes the use of specialized dental tools to manually scrape accumulated tartar from under and above your gum line.

If you show signs of wear from nocturnal teeth grinding, Dr. Pan may suggest a custom-fitted mouthguard to wear while sleeping.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental health, this is the time to bring them up with Dr. Pan. Your teeth cleaning and examination appointment is an opportunity to put yourself first, and to ensure a happy and healthy smile. Schedule your next appointment today.