4 Common Questions About Dental Cleanings

womanquestionblondeIf you’ve ever had a professional cleaning then you are probably at least somewhat clear about what happens during this preventive treatment. We remove plaque from your teeth and beneath your gumline and then we polish your smile, so it looks and feels refreshed. However, you may have some questions about dental cleanings that aren’t immediately answered as a natural result of visiting us. If you haven’t taken the time to ask in person (and we do hope that you feel comfortable enough to speak up during your appointments) then allow us to answer some common questions for the time being.

Question #1: Why Do I Need A Cleaning?

You need a cleaning because it’s a key factor in preventive care. In addition to your daily home hygiene efforts and a dental exam, your cleaning assists in the prevention of problems like gum disease and cavities. Leave out this essential part of prevention and you may be headed for trouble.

Question #2: How Often Should I Schedule My Dental Cleaning?

We recommend that all patients visit us for dental cleanings (in combination with a dental checkup as part of effective preventive dentistry treatment) once every six months. The goal is for us to see you twice annually.

Question #3: Can’t I Just Brush And Floss Really Well?

You should do that, yes. However, it’s virtually impossible for you to keep your teeth clean enough on your own. Don’t feel too bad about this – even with exceptional commitment to home care including daily brushing and flossing, plaque is bound to hide in areas you simply cannot reach or address. We will remove what you miss, so we can protect your smile.

Question #4: What If I Have Gum Disease?

If you suffer from gum disease then we will not be able to remove the tartar (hardened plaque) that has accumulated on your teeth with our usual methods through a traditional dental cleaning. Instead, you will need a deep cleaning to restore your oral health and protect your smile from long-term damage.


James Stewart, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.