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Professional Teeth Cleanings

What Is a Professional Teeth Cleaning?

A professional teeth cleaning is done by our dentist using various tools to eliminate tartar and plaque buildup on your teeth and around your gums. This procedure is also a great place to start to correct oral health issues, like gingivitis and cavities. A professional teeth cleaning keeps your teeth looking their best!

Routine teeth cleaning offer the following benefits:

Protection Against Tooth Decay

Cavities damage the enamel that protects your teeth. If plaque is not addressed, it can gradually result in cavities or tooth decay. Fortunately, such consequences can be prevented and treated by our dentist through our teeth cleaning process. 

Detection and Prevention of Gum Disease

Tartar can accumulate in hard to reach places, like around or below the gum line. If left untreated, it can lead to serious tooth decay and gum complications. However, during the teeth cleaning process, our dentist will remove such buildup to reduce the risk of developing gum disease.

What Should I Expect From a Professional Dental Cleaning?

The teeth cleaning process by our dentist follows a series of simple steps to effectively remove all bacteria and tartar from your teeth and gums. The steps are as follows:

Consultation With Our Dentist and Oral Examination

Your appointment will start with a quick consultation with our dentist. They will ask about your dental history, dental procedures previously performed and the approximate date of your last teeth cleaning. Our dentist will also conduct an oral exam to determine the current health of your teeth and to look for any signs of tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. In case of a dental problem, they will recommend solutions to address the issue effectively.

Removing the Tartar and Plaque From Your Teeth

After the oral examination, our dentist will start the teeth cleaning process. The larger deposits of tartar and plaque will be eliminated first, and then our dentist will move on to the smaller deposits. The duration of this aspect of your cleaning varies from patient to patient.

Deep Cleaning

After eliminating the tartar and plaque, our dentist will deep clean your mouth to get rid of any leftover debris. This step is followed by teeth polishing.

Rinse and Fluoride Application of Your Teeth

Your mouth will receive a final rinsing to eliminate leftover residue during the teeth cleaning. Our dentist will also apply fluoride on your teeth for added protection. This step will assist in fighting off cavities, germs and harsh chemicals from drinks and food.


After the procedure is completed, the dentist will advise on when you should get your next professional teeth cleaning. You can schedule the next appointment with our staff before departing. 


Caring for your oral health shouldn't stop after a visit to our dental office. Our dentist will suggest at-home treatments to maintain good oral health. Once you have your teeth cleaning done, it’s important that you follow the aftercare advice and suggestions by our dentist.

Here are some tips that can help you maintain the sparkling results of our professional teeth cleaning:

Teeth Brushing Tips

Our dentist suggests brushing your teeth twice or more a day to protect them from developing cavities. To achieve effective results, utilize these helpful instructions:

  • Avoid harsh brushing as it can be harmful for both your gums and teeth.
  • Ensure that same method of brushing is done evenly throughout your teeth.
  • Make sure you brush the back of your teeth.
  • Always brush your tongue because it helps reduce the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes.

Don’t forget to visit our dental office for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings at least twice a year.

Flossing Tips

Flossing and brushing go hand-in-hand and should be performed one after the other.  Flossing is important to remove bits of food that may be stuck between your teeth where a brush can’t reach. Here are some useful tips for flossing: 

  • The flossing strip should be long enough to fit in between your teeth and also get a good grip to ensure an even left to right, up and down motion when cleaning.
  • Ensure that you hold the strip tightly. The best way is to wind it around your index fingers.
  • Avoid pushing hard as it can harm your gums.
  • Use a clean part of the stip for every other tooth.

Flossing regularly is just as important as brushing, so don't underestimate this step in your oral routine.

Mouth Rinse

A proper mouth rinse is needed to remove any debris left after brushing your teeth. Our dentist recommends using mouthwash once or twice every day to eliminate bacteria from your mouth and further protect it from plaque and tartar. Opt for a mouthwash that is antiseptic and includes fluoride to prevent cavities and other issues. Some of the helpful things to remember about rinsing include:

  • You can rinse after or even before you begin cleaning your teeth.
  • Make sure you swish your preferred mouthwash for around 30 seconds to fully benefit from it.

A healthy set of teeth and strong gums can only be achieved through effective oral care. Regular brushing and flossing are needed to provide maximum protection for your teeth against plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Regular visits to our dental office are also suggested for a professional teeth cleaning to help eliminate any plaque buildup that can’t be removed from regular brushing. Schedule an appointment with our dentist at 21st Century Dental in Springfield,IL
-based office.