In order to maintain good oral health, you should be seeking a professional dental cleaning every 6 months. These cleanings help to remove mineralized plaque that can develop and get stuck in those "hard to reach" areas of the mouth, even if you brush and floss daily.
How it's done:
Your two-step dental cleaning should last between 30 minutes and an hour. One of our skilled hygienists will first come in to do your cleaning, and your Falls Church dentist will come in after for the examination. Most patients find that cleanings cause no pain or discomfort.
Step one of the cleaning process is called "scaling," where the hygienist will use hand or electric tools to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth. The pockets along the gums will also be targeted to remove any buildup from in them.
Secondly, the teeth will be buffed and polished to remove any final debris and to give them a nice shiny look to them.