Cleanings

Your Semiannual Checkup

Regularly scheduled professional cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will examine your mouth and perform the following procedures:

  • Remove plaque: Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria that attack tooth enamel and eventually cause cavities. The bacteria also produce toxins that inflame the gums, leading to periodontal disease.
  • Remove tartar: Plaque left on teeth over time hardens and becomes calculus (tartar). It can only be removed with dental tools. Tartar can cause gums to bleed, leading to periodontal disease.
  • Polish teeth: This final step removes minor stains and any remaining plaque, making teeth their whitest and brightest!

For most people, Sunshine Smiles Dental Care recommends a professional cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.