Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning

The importance of good oral health is not only vital to your mouth, but it helps keep the rest of your body healthy. Although you may practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing at home, you will still need to visit a dentist to have your teeth cleaned every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

There are many reasons routing teeth cleanings are so important, which include:

  • Teeth cleanings can prevent serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease and dementia.
  • They can prevent complications that can arise if you have diabetes.
  • Routine teeth cleanings will prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

When you have your teeth cleaned, it will remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your teeth. If you don’t have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis, the plaque and tartar can lead to periodontal disease, which could cause receding gums, tooth loss, and abscessed teeth.

If you have periodontal disease, then your body’s immune system will respond and cause your gums to bleed and become inflamed. Although your body will try to fight against periodontal disease, you could experience bone and tissue loss in your mouth.

What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

A visit to the dentist can cause some individuals to have a bit of apprehension. However, teeth cleanings are easy and painless. If you know what to expect during a teeth cleaning, then it may help to ease the apprehension you may be feeling. Here is a guide to help you understand what will occur during your cleaning.

The Physical Exam

In most cases, your teeth will be cleaned by a dental hygienist. However, before you have your teeth cleaned, you will have a physical exam of your mouth. A dental hygienist will use a small mirror to observe your teeth and gums to see if there are any signs of periodontal disease or other possible concerns. If a dental hygienist notices any serious problems, he or she may have the dentist look at your mouth to see if it is acceptable to proceed with the cleaning.

Plaque and Tartar Will be Removed

A dental hygienist will use a scaler to remove any tartar that has accumulated on your gum line and in between your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis will prevent plaque from hardening into tartar, so if you don’t practice good oral hygiene, it will take the dental hygienist longer to remove all of the tartar from your teeth and gum line.

Toothpaste Cleaning

When the dental hygienist removes all of the tartar from your teeth, then he or she will brush them with an electric toothbrush, which will probably make a grinding noise. Although it the noise may be a bit scary, it is an effective way to get a deep clean. The toothpaste that is used in a dental office will have a gritty consistency, which will mildly scrub and polish your teeth.


Although you may floss on a regular basis at home, a dental hygienist is trained to locate any areas that may cause you to bleed at the gums when he or she is flossing your teeth. You may feel this is an unnecessary step if you floss at home, but a professional floss will remove any plaque, tartar, or toothpaste that was leftover from the previous stems.


The next step is usually a rinse. You will rinse your mouth to remove any debris that was left behind from the previous steps. In most cases, a dental hygienist will provide you with a rise that contains fluoride.

Fluoride Treatment

The final step of the cleaning will be a fluoride treatment. A fluoride treatment serves as a protectant for your teeth, which will help prevent cavities from developing for several months.

Additional Steps

You should have your teeth professionally cleaned two times per year, and X-rays are usually taken once per year. However, a dental hygienist or dentist may observe an area in your mouth that requires other exams during your appointment. With children, a dentist could advise molar sealants, which will stop cavities from developing in hard to reach areas.

The key to a healthy smile is making sure you visit the dentist twice a year for teeth cleanings. In most circumstances, a teeth cleaning will last between 30 minutes to an hour. During your cleaning, you will be lying back in a comfortable chair. When your cleaning is complete, you will notice that your teeth look bright and feel fresh. However, teeth cleanings are not only performed for the appearance of your teeth, they are the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease and maintain strong teeth and gums.

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