vivacleaningWhen was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned? Many people assume that daily brushing and flossing is enough to protect your smile from gum disease and tooth decay. However, a routine preventive visit actually helps avoid the onset of poor oral health. What happens during a dental cleaning?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings

Question: How often should my teeth be cleaned?

Answer: We recommend a thorough dental cleaning once every six months. However, if you have a high risk of developing gum disease we may suggest one about every three to four months. Both adults and children can benefit from a routine preventive dental cleaning.

Question: What happens during the cleaning?

Answer: First, we will remove the plaque from the surface of the teeth with either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. Then, we will polish the teeth. We can then discuss options to reduce further plaque buildup and protect your smile.

Question: What are the benefits of this procedure?

Answer: Plaque can inflame the gums and weaken enamel, leading to both tooth decay and possibly even gum disease. However removing plaque with a cleaning can reduce the risk of periodontal disease. The procedure also freshens the breath and can even remove minor discoloration, brightening your smile and leaving a smooth finish on the teeth.

Question: How do I keep my teeth clean from home?

Answer: At home you simply need to brush and floss daily. We recommend brushing your teeth in the morning and again at night. Before going to bed, you need to floss. Doing so limits the severity of plaque buildup but you will still need to have your teeth cleaned twice a year.


Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. We strive to make sure our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).