A routine dental cleaning is a preventive procedure performed on healthy gums and teeth usually every 3 to 6 months depending upon a patient’s risk. It involves removing dental plaque off the surfaces of teeth to create a smooth and polished surface. Plaque is a product of bacteria that builds up on teeth over time. If left unremoved and allowed to harden, plaque can turn into tartar (calculus). A routine dental cleaning is used:
- to remove plaque and tartar
- to treat mild gingivitis
- to help prevent gum (periodontal) disease.
- to help prevent tooth loss
- to help keep a bright smile
- to help prevent bad breath
- to help maintain a healthy mouth
- to help maintain healthy restorations
Prevention will always be the most cost-effective way to maintain a healthy mouth. Routine check-up exams, cleanings and when indicated x-rays and topical fluoride as well as proper oral hygiene instructions, can help set a patient up for a lifetime of optimal oral health.