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Teeth Cleaning

At Downtown Dental Associates in Anderson South Carolina we offer teeth cleaning performed by our qualified dentist using high quality tools and products to ensure you receive optimal quality service. If you are unsure about the cleaning process, this article will help you understand everything you need to know about the process to make it easier for you.

Types of cleaning

You should know about the different types of teeth cleaning. Typically, when you visit our dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. However, you might need a different cleaning procedure depending on the requirement and needs of your current oral health. Following are the different types of teeth cleaning:

Full Mouth Debridement

In rare cases, when there is drastic tartar and plaque buildup making it difficult to even finish up an oral examination, our dentist might recommend this teeth cleaning procedure. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of tartar and plaque from your gums and your teeth.

Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning is also known as prophylaxis and it is a preventive process in which our dentist eliminates stains, tartar and plaque from your teeth. The teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by our dentist to be done in regular intervals, twice or once annually depending on your oral health and condition.

Periodontal Maintenance

This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by our dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. This process may be continued in different intervals as per the directions of our dentist, after determining your oral health.

Deep Cleaning

This type of cleaning is also called root and scaling planning. This teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist if you have signs of gum disease. The signs and symptoms include buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing loss of teeth support and/or identification of deep gum pockets.

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

The oral health of every individual is unique and this is the reason why the frequency of the teeth cleaning required can only be determined after our dentist conducts a thorough examination of your oral health.

The Process of Teeth Cleaning

It is normal to feel apprehensive about going through a process which you don’t understand, especially when it comes to dental care. However, if you know what to expect, then your visit to our dentist office becomes less stressful. For a routine teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:


Our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified and further tests will be recommended if any issues are found. The dentist may also ask for your dental history and whether you have undergone any recent dental treatment. Once the examination has been done, the dentist will move on to begin the process of teeth cleaning.

Removal of Tartar and Plaque

Any teeth cleaning process starts with the removal of tartar and plaque buildup. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process might take longer if you haven’t gotten your teeth cleaned professionally in a while. Plaque is usually reduced with regular brushing and flossing, but it is not eliminated completely.


After the tartar and plaque have been removed, our dentist will start polishing your teeth using toothpaste.


Our dentist will start flossing your teeth. This step might feel unnecessary to you if you regularly floss your teeth, but it is actually an important part of the cleaning process. Flossing will help in removing any leftover debris and plaque that was missed in the first two steps of teeth cleaning.

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Lastly, our dentist will rinse your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride treatment.

Benefits of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist office to get your teeth cleaned. Some advantages are as follows:

Tooth Loss Prevention

When plaque buildup is left unattended, it also results in gum disease which is a leading cause of teeth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support of the jaw. Scheduling frequent teeth cleaning with our dentist, along with following a proper regime, can help prevent any of these issues.

Cavities Prevention

Plaque, a white film that covers your tooth, is one of the major reasons of tooth decay. This is an acidic substance which starts eating away the enamel. If it is not removed regularly, the buildup results in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating plaque to prevent cavities.

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleaning means improved oral health. Good oral health means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.

Brighter Smile

The stains on your teeth are typically caused by tobacco usage, wine, tea and coffee. However, these stains can be removed with the help of teeth cleaning which will leave your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and more beautiful smile.

Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined that there is a link between overall health and oral health. Regular teeth cleaning from our qualified dentist can result in reducing your risk of various diseases.

Book your appointment at Downtown Dental Associates in Anderson South Carolinaand check out our quality services. Getting your teeth cleaned is essential for maintaining the good health of your teeth and gums. Our dentist will answer all your concerns and questions to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Call us for an appointment or come to our office today. Our dentist will gladly assist you.