A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take between 45 and 60 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months, or more frequently, to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing. Our skilled professionals will diagnose what type of cleaning you need & recommended frequency, along with performing oral cancer screenings, providing personalized oral health instructions & more! Our practice prides ourselves on education patients on how your oral health can affect your overall health.
Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar.
Dental hygienists traditionally performed scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as ultrasonic scalers, which involve the usage of water to remove plaque and tartar. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both ultrasonic and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.