Routine dental cleanings are important to maintain good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop - even with careful brushing and flossing - particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you get your teeth cleaned once every six months.
What You Can Expect
Your dental cleaning typically lasts for 30 to 60 minutes. Our experienced hygienists will perform the cleaning, and afterward the dentist will examine your teeth. We hear most often that our dental cleanings are painless, and sometimes even relaxing!
The two important steps to a dental cleaning include scaling and polishing. The first step, scaling the teeth, involves the hygienist removing the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference.Typically, the hygienist will also clean the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there.
The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.