Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral health. A professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months and in some cases more often than that.
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes to an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort. There are two important steps to a dental cleaning.
The first step is polishing to remove the plaque. The second step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scaler. Finally, the doctor will perform an exam to ensure your teeth are healthy.