General Exam & Cleaning Specialist

JD Dental Care

Benjamin Jin, DDS

Dentist located in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

Treating tooth decay and periodontal, or gum, disease as quickly as possible is crucial to sustaining your optimal oral health. At JD Dental Care in Lower Pacific Heights, our dentists provide general exams and teeth cleanings to patients in and around the San Francisco area, ensuring their healthy, beautiful smiles.

General Exam & Cleaning Q & A

How Often Should I Go to the Dentist for an Exam and Cleaning?

According to the American Dental Association individuals of all ages, young and old, should visit the dentist’s office for an exam and teeth cleaning at least once every six months, or twice in a 12-month period.

What Happens During a General Exam with a Cleaning?

A general exam at the dentist will begin similarly to a general medical exam. The will collect dental and family history and take note of any condition which could affect your oral health. When an issue or condition could interfere the cleaning, the dentist needs that information beforehand. Certain conditions can affect an individual’s likelihood of developing periodontal disease or tooth decay. A diabetic patient, for instance, will be at a greater risk. Also similar to a physical, the dentist will want to know about any concerns you have and any symptoms you have been experiencing. The teeth cleaning will start with a comprehensive appraisal of the teeth and the gums. The dentist will generally take x-rays as well. X-rays are very helpful when the individual is a first time patient or dealing with symptoms. Each tooth will be evaluated for warnings of possible decay and for pockets near the gums. An oral cancer screening will be important for adult patients. Lastly, if any oral care habits need to change or if treatment will be necessary the patient will be informed and prepared.

Are There Any Pieces of Information I Should Know Before I Go?

For specific patients, the bacteria which can enter the bloodstream during a cleaning could pose a unique threat. These can cause an infection somewhere else in the body. To establish if this applies to you and if you will require an antibiotic beforehand, contact the office. Additionally, going to the dentist regularly can lessen any discomfort felt during the cleanings. To reduce any discomfort which might take place patients may wish to:

  • Take a mild pain medication
  • Utilize a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Ensure they are flossing regularly
  • If you brush too hard, consider purchasing an electronic toothbrush


Below is a list of the insurance providers that our practice accepts. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Delta Dental