What You Need To Know...

Professional cleanings at the dental office are often completed by a dental hygienist. Most cleanings are performed in less than 30 minutes. They should be done every six months to reduce the buildup of excessive plaque and tartar. Plaque left on the gums and teeth can result in periodontal disease and tooth decay. Most dental cleanings including root planing, scaling, and polishing of the teeth for exceptional results.

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Scaling and root planing is the process by which a dentist removes tartar and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. This is typically done by hand, though many modern advances such as the development of electric scalers make this process easier and more efficient. Sophisticated tools such as the electric scaler can be used alongside manual scaling methods for optimum results. Once the cleaning is completed, polishing makes the surfaces of the teeth smooth and more resistant to future plaque build-up.