Dental Cleaning Facts
- Plaque can be removed at home, but tartar needs a professional.
- Cleanings generally only need to be done twice a year.
- Regular cleanings can help spot any early signs of gingivitis more easily.
At-home dental care is incredibly important, and you should be doing your dental routine 2-3 times a day. So even if you are, you’re probably thinking why do they need to be cleaned every day, and professionally cleaned.
What happens at a dental checkup?
The dental hygienist will take care of the cleanings. In the examination they will use special mirrors and other tools to check your mouth for signs of plaque and tartar build-up, gingivitis, and other concerns. If any significant problems are noticed the dentist may be called in for advice.
Plaque & Tartar removal
One of the most important reasons to get regular checkups is the removal of plaque & tartar. Plaque can build up pretty easily, and can harden to tartar in as little as 24 hours! The dental hygienist will use a mirror and other tools to carefully scrape the teeth clean. Plaque is much easier to clean than tartar, due to the hardness of the tartar. While the cleaning is performed, you feel and hear some scraping, this is expected.
- The flavor of fluoride will be picked.
- The fluoride will be applied to two mouthpieces.
- The mouthpieces will be inserted into your mouth, along with a saliva ejector.
- You will be asked to gently bite down on them.
- The pieces will be removed and you can rinse your mouth.
X-Rays (Once a year)
Who benefits from dental checkups?
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend twice a year, or every six months. Although, if you need it, you can schedule more.
You may be unknowingly missing spots, or have other issues that you can’t diagnose on your own.
You can remove plaque at home, but once it hardens, it needs to be removed by a specialist.