Most dentists recommend a basic cleaning appointment with a hygienist every six months. This appointment, which may also be called a six-month cleaning or prophylaxis, is an essential part of a healthy dental care routine. Regular cleanings help ensure long-lasting oral health and in conjunction with proper home care can help prevent periodontal disease
Dental cleanings are routine procedures that take between 30 and 60 minutes. If your appointment is part of a yearly check-up, your dentist may also take x-rays to check for cavities.
A professional hygienist’s cleaning will leave any smile with that “tooth-paste-commercial” feeling. After deposits, stains and bacterial build-up are gently removed from your teeth, a hygienist will polish your teeth to provide you with that squeaky-clean smile.
If there are large amounts of plaque and tartar on your teeth it is not always possible for the dentist to perform a comprehensive oral examination or standard cleaning and a full mouth debridement may be suggested. A full mouth debridement removes built-up plaque and calculus so the dentist can perform a comprehensive oral evaluation.
Gary W. Allen, DMD, P.C., Advantage Dental Group, P.C., DentaQuest Oral Health Center of Massachusetts, P.C., Advantage Dental Oral Health and Vision Center of Alabama, P.C.