Cleanings & Exams

Cleanings & Exams in New York

Prevention & Early Detection of Dental Problems

Good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to the dentist are the best things you can do to maintain healthy teeth and gums and prevent dental problems. Harlem Dental Associates offers cleanings and exams in New York to help our patients maintain good oral health and beautiful smiles. We offer preventative care for children and adults, so we can care for your whole family.

Please contact our office at (844) 976-3600 to schedule your cleaning and dental exam.

Why Regular Dental Visits Matter

While daily brushing and flossing are really important, they are not enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth and below the gumline, even if you are careful about brushing and floss your teeth every day. In addition to keeping your teeth looking great, regular cleanings and exams in New York offer many benefits for your oral health.

Regular visits to our office allow us to:

  • Identify dental problems early
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Build a relationship
  • Monitor your oral health
  • Prevent gum disease and tooth loss
  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Keep your breath fresh
  • Maintain a healthy and attractive smile
  • Reduce the need for more expensive treatments

For most patients, visiting the office every six months for cleanings and exams in New York is sufficient for maintaining oral health. However, those who are prone to decay or showing early signs of gum disease may need more frequent visits.

Meticulous Dental Cleanings

Good oral hygiene at home, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily is important for oral health. However, brushing and flossing is usually not enough to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and below the gumline. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so regular professional cleanings are important.

Prior to getting started, the dental hygienist will check your teeth and gums to check for potential trouble spots. Special tools are used to scrape plaque and tartar from between your teeth and around your gumline. A high powered electric brush and professional toothpaste are used to clean and polish the teeth. The teeth are then thoroughly flossed to leave your mouth clean and fresh.

Thorough Dental Exams

During dental exams, our dentist will perform a careful visual inspection of your mouth, including teeth, gums, and other tissues to look for signs of an oral health problem. When you come for regular visits, we are able to note any changes and provide early treatment to preserve your oral health. Visual exams alone are not enough to tell the full story, so x-rays are taken periodically.

X-rays are an important tool for detecting:

  • Cavities
  • Cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Oral infections
  • Gum disease
  • Certain tumors

If it is time for a cleaning and exam, call (844) 976-3600 to book an appointment.

Meet Your Dentist

Experienced & Dedicated
  • Dr. Maryann  Riordan Photo
    Dr. Maryann Riordan

    General & Cosmetic Dentist

    Dr. Riordan is a general dentist who has enjoyed practicing in NYC since 2001. She earned her B.S. from Rutgers University and went on to receive her doctorate in dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. After graduating at the top of her class, she moved to NYC and soon after became an associate at Harlem Dental Associates in 2005. This is where she met her mentor, Dr. Chester Redhead, and built relationships with so many patients. Today, as the owner and primary ...
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Patient Reviews

The Proof is in Their Smiles
  • The Best Dental Experience

    “The office staff were professional, customer service oriented, and engaging. I would highly recommend this dentist and have started already. I appreciate the person that referred me.”

    - Robert G.
  • Looking Forward to my Next Visit

    “The assistant took x-rays and Dr. Riordan was able to share her thoughts as to why my tooth cracked as well as giving me an assessment on the state of my teeth. A great experience and I look forward to my next appointment.”

    - Stanley T.
  • Friendly & Professional

    “They were a great business to work with, from making the appointment to the second I left their offices. Before the appointment, they sent patient forms via email; they had eve appointments available; when I arrived they were friendly and professional.”

    - Ritu A.
  • Incredible Experience

    “From beginning to end, my experience was incredible! I went in for a routine exam and cleaning. They were so efficient and gentle and made sure to explain everything that they were about to do prior to doing it.”

    - Gabrielle C.
  • Professional & Kind Team

    “I have never looked forward to a dentist appointment as I do when I am going to Harlem Dental. They are the most professional and kind team.”

    - Chris Y.
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Harlem Dental Associates

Why We're the Best Choice for You and Your Family
  • Complete Dental & Overall Health

    We create beautiful smiles while trying to take a holistic approach to care for our patients since there are a number of health issues or diseases that are directly affected by oral health. 

  • Serving for Over 60 Years

    We have been serving generations of patients and our community from the same location for over 60 years.

  • High Quality Experience

    Receive high quality service from an experienced team who truly cares about you and your family.

  • Full Transparency

    We pride ourselves on providing full transparency for each customized treatment plan and payment plans so you are completely aware of what to expect.

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