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Lincoln Dental Clinic:
Dental Cleanings – The Differences Explained


A healthy mouth is a crucial part of your overall health.

Lincoln Dental Plans Covers Routine Dental Cleanings

Your overall health goes hand in hand with your oral health. Keep up with routine dental cleanings to help your teeth shine bright and last long! These appointments allow us to catch problems before they become painful and expensive. The most affordable way to maintain your teeth is to have your teeth cleaned every six months.

For those with periodontal disease, we do a special cleaning and examination every four months. This regular periodontal maintenance stops the disease from growing and helps you prevent bone loss.

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So that you are well educated, we want to make it easy for you to understand that there are two types of dental cleanings.

Learn more about the importance of routine dental cleanings and regular dental visits here.

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Regular Cleanings:


Regular cleanings are for those whose oral health is considered good overall. These types of cleanings are meant to help maintain healthy teeth and gums, and to catch any potential problems before they arise. Regular cleanings are typically done at six-month intervals.

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Periodontal Cleanings:


These are special cleanings that are done in lieu of regular cleanings. They are often referred to as “deep cleanings,” and are necessary to help control gum disease. A deep cleaning is completed instead of a regular cleaning because a regular cleaning does NOT get below the gum line where much of that bacteria has settled and needs to be removed. If left untreated, periodontal disease could become very serious not only to your oral health, but to your overall health.  After a deep cleaning, periodontal maintenance is done at increments best determined by the hygienist/dentist, so that your periodontal disease can be kept under control.


Image illustrating the anatomy of a tooth. A great looking tooth can be maintained with routine dental cleanings at a dental clinic in Lincoln, NE.

When would you need Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings instead of Routine Dental Cleanings?

If you have symptoms of …

  • Swollen and Irritated Gums
  • Receding Gum Line
  • Bad Breath
  • Pus Between Teeth and Gums
  • Recent Irregular Bite
  • Sensitive Gums
  • Loose Teeth

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Worried about Dental Cleaning Costs?

Dental insurance typically covers the full cost of cleanings and exams. Without regular cleanings and exams, dental work is likely to become more extensive over time.

If you don’t have access to dental insurance, don’t worry! That’s exactly why Lincoln Dental Plans exists. Our program is designed to make regular dental costs more affordable, allowing you to get the care you need. We strive to make an affordable dentist out of every dental office!

Professional routine dental cleanings include:

  • The removal of calculus (tartar)
    Calculus, otherwise known as tartar, is a plaque that has bonded with teeth. Calculus forms above and below the gums, making it hard to remove. The dental instruments used for dental cleanings are specially created to reach this tough material.
  • The removal of plaque
    Plaque is a coating that forms on the teeth as a result of bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins that cause inflammation to the gums. This is how periodontal disease starts.
  • Polishing of the teeth
    Dental cleanings also remove stains and plaque that can’t be reached during home care. These cleanings polish your teeth, making them shine more brightly.
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Lincoln Dental Clinic:
Dental Exams

Comprehensive exams follow every dental cleaning.

Dental exams include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays
    X-rays help us determine tooth and root positions. They also highlight any decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
  • Oral cancer screening
    During the oral cancer screening, we look at your face, gums, lips, neck, throat, tissues, tongue and gums for any indication of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation
    We check your gums and the surrounding bone for periodontal disease.
  • Cavity check
    We examine all tooth surfaces for tooth decay
  • Restoration evaluation
    To ensure quality and functionality, our dental exam includes the inspection of all existing restorations.
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Lincoln Dental Clinic:
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Cleanings

Many people have questions for us that would better be answered by a dental practice. However, we’re glad to help in any way we can! Following are some of the questions we hear the most.

Are routine dental cleanings necessary?

Yes! Routine dental cleanings are a very useful tool for dentists and patients alike. During routine dental cleanings, your dentist will be able to clean your teeth in spots you can’t regularly reach by brushing and flossing. They’ll remove any plaque under your gums, restoring your teeth to full health. Additionally, cleanings allow the dentist to see any trouble spots before they become more extensive. In this way, routine dental cleanings save patients money by stopping decay in its tracks.

How much do routine dental cleanings cost with Lincoln Dental Plans?

Nothing at all! As a Lincoln Dental Plans member, you’ll be able to look forward to a handful of free services, including routine dental cleanings. We want to help you keep your dental costs down as much as possible, and free routine dental cleanings are a great way we can help do this.

I can’t seem to find an affordable dentist in Lincoln, NE. Can Lincoln Dental Plans help?

Yes! At Lincoln Dental Plans, we know how difficult it can be to find an affordable dentist. If you find a cheap dentist, you often sacrifice quality care. Instead, Lincoln Dental Plans members are entitled to affordable care and excellent service. That’s our promise to you.

I’m looking for a dentist near me that takes Delta Dental insurance. Can Lincoln Dental Plans help?

We mainly created Lincoln Dental Plans for patients who don’t have dental insurance. However, we’re glad to help in any way we can! Our providers all accept most major insurance plans. Contact any of our providers to learn more about your insurance. They’ll be ready to talk you through any questions.

Excellent Providers, Offering Affordable Dental Care

With Lincoln Dental Plans, you can receive excellent, affordable care anywhere in Lincoln. Our dental providers are located across Lincoln for your convenience. That means you can find an affordable dentist anywhere in town, with the help of our dental discount plans.

We hold all of our partners to a high standard when it comes to dental care. We believe in giving everyone access to affordable dental care. Our providers offer high-quality dental treatment all around, and you can be a part of it, even without insurance. Click their logos below to learn more about each practice.

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Annual Plan Benefits
For Lincoln Dental Plans


All of X-rays
Comprehensive Exam
2 Emergency Exams
2 Routine Dental Cleanings (Every 12 Months)
25% Discount on Select Procedures


LDP offers discounts on the following procedures:

Regular Cleanings
Deep Cleanings
Periodontal Maintenance
Dental Crowns (Excludes Cosmetic Crowns)
White Fillings
Root Canals

Learn More about Lincoln Dental Plans Membership

Preserve Family Dentistry
(Located in East Lincoln, NE)

4303 S. 84th St.
Lincoln, NE 68516

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Lincoln Family Dentistry
(Located in Central Lincoln, NE)

5500 O St.
Lincoln, NE 68510

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NorthStar Dental
(Located in North Lincoln, NE)

5800 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68504

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SouthPointe Dental
(Located in Central Lincoln, NE)

7940 S. 13th St.
Lincoln, NE 68512

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Coddington Dental
(Located in West Lincoln, NE)

1320 W. A St.
Lincoln, NE 68522



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Nebraska Family Dentistry has dental clinic locations in all parts of Lincoln! Choose “near me dentist” location that is convenient for you.