Most dental cleanings only take 25-30 minutes, but they’re essential for maintaining your oral health. That’s why we encourage you to have cleanings no less than once every six months. Learn more about the service and why Smalltown Dental is Illinois’s dental clinic of choice.
How Dental Cleaning Works
When you visit a Smalltown Dental location for cleaning, we’ll perform an initial inspection to ascertain the current state of your oral health. This allows us to determine whether you need:
- Prophylaxis (Regular Dental Cleaning)
- Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you’re taking care of your oral health and visiting the dentist regularly, prophylaxis should suffice. If we find gingivitis or periodontitis, we will likely need to perform a deep clean.
How Often Do You Need Dental Cleaning?
The bare minimum we recommend is once every six months. This is the amount of time it can take for plaque and tartar buildup to become a bigger problem.
That said, there are some risk factors that may increase the number of cleanings you need. People with periodontitis, for instance, will generally want to come in once every 3-4 months. We also recommend more frequent cleanings for:
While regular cleaning is important for maintaining the color of your teeth, we also offer a teeth whitening service for patients who have already gotten their teeth cleaned but want a brighter smile.