Professional teeth cleaning reduces your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. At-home dental care, like brushing twice a day and flossing daily, is important. But professional teeth cleaning removes plaque, tartar, and surface stains more effectively – especially in difficult to reach areas. Avoiding professional teeth cleaning, increases your risks of tooth loss due to decay and gum disease.
Teeth cleaning include:
Plaque and Tartar Removal – Plaque is bacteria and minerals from food that stick to your teeth. Some of it gets removed when you brush but it can linger and later become tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to gum disease which affects your gums and teeth. Gum disease is progressive and ultimately leads to tooth and jawbone loss. As part of your teeth cleaning, we use a small mirror and scaler to see each tooth and remove all the plaque and tartar buildup.
You will notice a brighter smile after the teeth polishing step. It helps remove surface stains and bacterial film from teeth. We use a gritty paste and electronic rotating tool with a rubber tip that effectively scrubs and polishes your teeth. For an even whiter smile, you may want to consider our professional teeth whitening treatment.
A fluoride treatment helps prevent tooth decay. It protects your teeth for about 3 to 4 months.
How long is a teeth cleaning?
Teeth cleanings are usually 30 to 60 minutes depending on plaque and tartar buildup.
Is teeth cleaning covered by my dental insurance?
Teeth cleanings are a preventative treatment. Most dental insurances cover all or a portion of it.
How often do I need a teeth cleaning?
Professional teeth cleaning should be done every 6 months. However, patients suffering from gum disease (periodontitis) may need it every 3 to 4 months.