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Biannual Dental Cleaning - How Is It Done?

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Black girl smiling in dental chair after dental cleaning appointment at Water's Edge Dental in Boise, IDThe cleaning of teeth by a dentist is a healthy routine that you should perform at least twice a year. Teeth cleaning helps fight bad breath, heal gums, and prevent cavities.

What Is Professional Teeth Cleaning?

Professional teeth cleaning by a dentist or a dental hygienist goes beyond the ordinary brushing. The dentist or dental hygienist uses different approaches and tools to clean your teeth.

Physical Examination

Once you schedule and attend a teeth cleaning appointment, the dentist will first properly assess your mouth. The dentist will assess your teeth, gums, and mouth overall, checking for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and tartar buildup.

The results of this assessment will determine whether you will be up for a dental cleaning only or need a treatment plan. The cleaning process entails several specialized processes.


This deep cleaning technique aims to remove plaque and tartar from below the gums. Scaling is usually combined with a process known as root planning and, together, is referred to as deep cleaning. Deep cleaning is not painful, although you might experience a little discomfort as the scale digs deeper below your gum line.

Enamel Debridement and Polishing

Tartar discolors teeth and erodes the enamel. Debridement and polishing remove tartar from teeth and make them look healthy again.

Expert Flossing

Your dentist will floss your teeth whether you regularly do it at home or not. The dentist can get deep into your gums and establish potential problems while removing any food remnants. This flossing also helps remove any debris from the previous processes.

Gritty Brushing

Toward the end of the session, the dentist will brush your teeth with gritty toothpaste. They use a high-power electric brush that makes some grinding noise. This brushing helps clean your teeth further and remove any lodged debris.

Final Rinse and Fluoride Treatment

Your dentist will rinse your mouth with a solution containing fluoride. This solution protects your teeth and helps to prevent cavities for several months.

Closing Remarks

Conducting a professional dental clean at least twice per year is recommended. Contact our office to schedule your dental cleaning today.

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