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Preventive Dental Care | What is Dental Cleaning?

Manage your oral health with routine dental cleanings. This effective dental treatment protects your smile from decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Teeth cleanings are recommended for patients of all ages. Learn more about dental cleanings below and contact Manassas Smiles today.

What is Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings are the professional and effective way of removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line. Doing so protects your teeth and gums from common oral health issues. For instance, patients can prevent tooth decay and gum disease by routinely removing plaque and tartar. It is important to note that normal tooth brushing is effective in removing plaque and food particles from teeth. However, plaque can still linger in some areas which then hardens into tartar. 


For this reason, it is essential to maintain your dental cleaning appointments. If it has been more than 6 months since your last visit, we recommend scheduling an appointment soon.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist. This person is professionally trained and educated to safely and effectively remove plaque and tartar from teeth and the gum line. During your appointment, the hygienist uses a scaler and small mirror to search and remove tartar. They then use a powered toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to remove plaque and polish your teeth. Finally, you’ll be given a mouthwash to rinse.

Your dental cleaning is a great opportunity to learn about healthy ways to maintain a cleaner smile. Your hygienist can provide you with tips and recommendations to better prevent build-up in the future.

How Often Should I Have A Dental Cleaning?

Most patients are recommended to have a dental cleaning every 6 months. However, those that are more prone to decay and gum disease are likely to need a cleaning every 3 to 4 months.

How Can I Maintain a Cleaner Smile?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Additionally, eat a well-balanced diet and maintain your dental visits.

Learn More

Contact Manassas Smiles to learn more about dental cleanings and other preventive dental care maintenance. We offer a variety of dental services designed for the entire family. Call (703) 335-1020 or schedule an appointment online here.

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