What Does a Dental Cleaning Involve?

Sometimes, what seem like the most minor of procedures can actually do the most to protect your smile. When you have your teeth cleaned, you improve the beauty and the overall health of your smile. What does a dental cleaning involve? How often should you have your teeth cleaned?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings in Rochester, MN

Question: Do children need cleanings too?

Answer: Yes, children also occasionally benefit from a dental cleaning. When the teeth become coated in plaque, the procedure helps remove the buildup to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. During a routine checkup the doctor will decide if the teeth also need to be cleaned.

Question: How often should my teeth be cleaned?

Answer: The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning once every six months. However, if you have a high risk of developing gum disease then the dentist may recommend the procedure more frequently, once every three to four months.

Question: What does the procedure involve?

Answer: During the procedure we will remove the plaque buildup from the teeth using either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. The teeth will then be thoroughly polished, removing remaining plaque and minor discoloration.

Question: What are the benefits of a dental cleaning?

Answer: The procedure offers a number of oral health benefits. First, patients will leave with a brighter smile, as plaque can make the risk of stains increase. Removing the plaque also freshens the breath, addressing halitosis for some patients. Finally, plaque has been known to inflame the gums, leading to gum disease. Erasing the buildup can reduce the risk of periodontal disease. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a procedure, then contact our office today.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening 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.