What is it?
Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque from teeth, in order to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontitis. It is part of a complete program of oral hygiene.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of cleaning teeth are numerous. By keeping your teeth clean, you significantly reduce the chances of cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis and more severe forms of gum disease. Not to mention it will go a long way towards halting bad breath.
How is it done?
Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. The hygenist will use hand instruments and a polishing cup to remove both the hard and soft build up from your teeth.
How long will it last?
Patients who require regular cleanings should have one every six months. Patients who require more frequent cleanings due to periodontal disease should have one every three to four months.