Dental Cleanings & Exams

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Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and examination are essential to preserving a healthy smile.

These procedures, performed by our dentists and hygienists, will assist in preventing cavities and gum disease in your mouth. We keep a close eye on your dental health to give prompt treatment for any issues should they arise as a result of our observation.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing your teeth regimen, going to the dentist for exams and routine cleanings are necessary for optimal oral health.

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Even if you are diligent about cleaning and flossing your teeth, tartar (calculus) and plaque may still form on your teeth over time. Tartar is a hard deposit that is made up of bacteria-rich plaque. Without the use of specialized equipment, it is impossible to eliminate these buildups. If these deposits are permitted to stay on the tooth or under the gum line for an extended time. They provide an environment where bacteria in your mouth may thrive and flourish. Some of these bacteria create acids that, if left unchecked, may lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In the absence of treatment, this condition may result in inflammation and infection of the gums. In certain instances, an infection in the mouth might affect illnesses that manifest elsewhere in the body.

Regular Dentist examinations and cleanings

Having your teeth cleaned regularly is an excellent method to maintain the health of your gums, teeth, and a broad smile.

During the routine checkup you have scheduled, your dentist will examine your mouth, do any required dental cleaning, and take x-rays to obtain a complete picture of your oral health. Checkups regularly have the potential to identify any general health concerns that may need further investigation by a medical professional.


A simple treatment like teeth cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, may be very effective in warding off gum disease and tooth decay when it is carried out in combination with regular checkups as recommended by a dentist. In evaluating your dental health in general and looking for particular problems, your dentist may use a range of diagnostic techniques, including prophylaxis.

If your mouth is typically healthy, then your dentist will likely utilize this cleaning as a maintenance procedure. This treatment will be conducted to eliminate any plaque buildup and discoloration on the teeth if you have a healthy and effective oral health regimen that you follow in between sessions.

Scaling and Root Planning

This is a somewhat more in-depth process used to deep clean the gums along the gum line and around the supporting elements of the teeth. This is done to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the gums. When a patient has gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, this surgery is performed to treat the condition. Root planning is a procedure that, in addition to smoothing out the surface of the root, also removes any plaque and tartar accumulation that may have occurred. It may take many trips before it is finished.

Gross Debridement

If a person hasn’t been to the dentist in a very long time, there may be a significant amount of plaque and tartar that has built up on their teeth, which will need to be removed. A thorough cleaning of the gums and teeth is referred to as debridement. Even though it has been quite some time since your previous trip to the dentist, not everybody will need this.

Dental Exams

Your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth as part of your regular checkup and will do an exam to determine the overall health of your mouth. X-rays of the teeth are a beneficial diagnostic tool for dentists. It allows them to notice problems that are not obvious to the naked eye. They are also quite helpful around prevention. It is always recommended to choose dentistry that focuses on prevention instead of therapy after problems have arisen.

Teeth Cleaning Process

Our dental hygienists and dentists will utilize specialized dental devices that were developed exclusively for the purpose of teeth cleaning. Your teeth are unique to you. Thus, your cleaning will be customized to meet your needs. Nevertheless, the majority of cleanings adhere to a consistent format and contain the following steps:

  • The elimination of calculus and tartar:

    Tartar is a substance that has been hardened and is now firmly adhered to the tooth surface. It forms when material generally removed from the tooth by brushing and flossing is ignored. It may develop above and below the gum line, is not always visible, and can only be eliminated by using specialized dental instruments.

  • Plaque removal

    Plaque is a coating that builds on the teeth and is rather sticky. It is a live colony of bacteria, saliva, and food particles continually expanding. This bacterium has the potential to create toxins that cause inflammation of the gums and is the first step in the development of periodontal disease in your mouth.

  • Polishing

    When you polish your teeth, you may eliminate any plaque and stains left behind after flossing, brushing, and scaling your teeth. Polishing is an optional step. The phase in the cleaning process known as polishing is often the one our patients enjoy the most.


Yes. Flossing is great for removing debris from in-between the teeth, but professional dental cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove any tartar that has built-up and get below the gumline further than flossing can. It’s also great for removing stains from the teeth.

We recommend that you visit us every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. We may suggest more frequent visits if needed, and we also encourage you to contact us if you suffer from a dental emergency, pain or injury. 

If you have good oral health, cleaning can take around 30 minutes. If you need more in-depth cleaning, it could take up to an hour each visit spread over several appointments.

Absolutely! In fact, it’s even more important to visit the dentist and have regular teeth cleanings when you are pregnant because you are at higher risk of gum disease and decay due to the change in hormones. It’s very safe and advised for the health of you and your baby.

We accept most dental insurance plans. Here at Fieldstone Dental we want to make it easy and affordable to access your treatment.

To schedule your next appointment, we invite you to contact us today. We look forward to caring for your smile!

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