Dental Cleaning

A professional dental cleaning ranks among the ADA's oral hygiene tips.

It helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay, among other benefits.

Find out all its benefits and why brushing and flossing are not enough!

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Benefits of dental cleaning

Beyond clean teeth

A dental cleaning lowers the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The accompanying dental exam screens for oral cancer, damaged fillings, and any cavities. All of this prevents future pain and expenses. Finally, a dental cleaning freshens your breath!

Dental cleanings complement flossing and brushing, which are insufficient to clean tartar (hardened plaque), as well as plaque beneath the gumline and inside pits, grooves and fissures of back teeth.

The benefits are so compelling and cost-effective that virtually all dental insurance plans cover the full cost of a dental cleaning and exam.

Steps in a dental cleaning

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A registered dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar & polishes and protects your teeth using various tools:

  • Ultrasonic Tip - Ultrasonic vibrations break up tartar, which a water jet rinses.
  • Scaler & Curette - Fine tools then scrape off bits of tartar and plaque.
  • Polishing Cup - A tooth-sized paste-filled cup rotates around each tooth to polish it.
  • Fluoride - A quick application onto teeth strenghts them.

This 45/60-minute cleaning is painless, and you can even ask the hygienist to dial down the ultrasonic tip (if it tickles) and the scaling pressure (if gums are sensitive).