By now, everyone knows that you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, at a minimum, for the maintenance of your oral health and the appearance of your teeth.

Combined with brushing and flossing at home, dental cleanings are a regular part of proper oral hygiene. These vital appointments allow your dental hygienist to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Although you may be removing a good deal of plaque at home, there are still areas that can be hard to reach, in spite of your best efforts.

The main purpose of dental cleanings is for the prevention of tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Most dental insurance plans cover these essential services that normally take place at least twice yearly, depending upon the current state of your oral health.

Dental cleanings actually come in three different types. Our dental team can help determine what type you need and at what frequency.

Normal Dental Cleaning

For most patients, normal dental cleaning is what they will be receiving when they visit the dentist every six months for routine checkups. These types of appointments are for those who don’t have any special, ongoing dental problems. They just need to have their teeth cleaned and polished to maintain their health and appearance.

Normal dental cleanings simply involve the removal of plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film that adheres to teeth, eventually leading to gingivitis and periodontal disease. Plaque hardens into tartar, and only your dental hygienist can remove it at this point.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is not that much different from normal dental cleaning. The main difference is that the focus is on preventing the development of the periodontal disease – a chronic inflammatory gum infection that can lead to the eventual loss of teeth. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be easily prevented by brushing and flossing, as well as keeping up with your regular dental cleanings and periodontal maintenance.

This type of appointment involves the examination and measurement of pockets around your gums that can harbour bacteria and cause gum disease. Scaling and root planning may also be performed during a periodontal maintenance appointment.

Full Mouth Debridement

This is the least frequently used type of dental cleaning, only occurring when a patient needs deep cleaning because they have gone years between regular cleanings, leading to a large accumulation of plaque around their teeth and gums.

Our dentist utilizes a full mouth debridement for the removal of plaque and tartar that has firmly embedded itself between the teeth and gums, leading to severe inflammation that makes a regular cleaning or exam impossible.

If you have been neglecting your regular dental cleanings, you owe it to yourself to reach out to our dentist office today and schedule an appointment so that you get back on track with these vital appointments and prevent periodontal disease.


DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is in no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation. Any advice offered is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.