Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining 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 go in for a cleaning once every six months.
How it's done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last about an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most of our patients find that dental cleanings are painless and do not cause much discomfort.
There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand instruments or by cavitron depending on the hygienists preference. The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and brighten the teeth.