Quiz: Why Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?

When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned? While a dental cleaning may seem like a minor procedure, this treatment is essential for avoiding the onset of serious dental health issues. At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, your Rochester MN general dentists strive to help our patients maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles with preventive care.

Dental Cleaning Quiz

  1. True or False: You should have your teeth cleaned twice a year.
  2. True or False: This treatment can help prevent gum disease.
  3. True or False: In addition, you need to practice good homecare.
  4. True or False: With a deep cleaning, we can address the earliest stages of periodontal disease.

Answer Key

True. The American Dental Association recommends both adults and children over the age of three undergo routine dental cleanings. Ideally, these should occur about once every six months. However, patients at risk of developing gum disease may require a cleaning once every three to six months. These photos show two children undergoing their first dental cleaning.























True. Periodontal disease develops as a result of gum inflammation. Plaque, which coats our teeth as a result of bacteria, can cause this inflammation. We can’t remove plaque with brushing and flossing alone, but a professional dental cleaning can erase plaque and help you avoid gum disease.

True. You still need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once. Both adults and children benefit from regular homecare.

True. If you are exhibiting the early warning signs of gum disease, your Rochester MN general dentists may perform a deep cleaning. Also known as a scaling and root planing, this procedure involves removing all plaque from the surface of the crown and the roots. This allows gum tissue to adhere to the tooth and close the pockets that form as a result of periodontal disease.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, root canals, pediatric dentistry, and dental implants in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.