A dental cleaning, also known as a prophylaxis, is a professional dental procedure that involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. It is an essential part of oral hygiene and helps to prevent serious issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will use special tools to clean the teeth and gums as efficiently and safely as possible. This may include an ultrasonic cleaning tool that uses vibrations to loosen plaque, a stream of water to wash it away, and a scraping tool to remove any remaining plaque or tartar. The hygienist may also polish the teeth with a special cleanser and apply a fluoride solution to strengthen the enamel.
We recommend that teeth be professionally cleaned at least twice a year, although some dentists may recommend more frequent cleanings for patients who are at higher risk for developing gum disease or who have had gum disease in the past. In addition to professional cleanings, it is important to brush and floss regularly at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums.