smiling as dental hygienist cleans and polishes teeth

How Long Does a Dental Cleaning take?

One of the most important parts of a good oral hygiene routine is scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings with your dentist. 


The duration of your cleaning will depend on the state of your gums and the amount of plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. With regular home and professional care, these appointments typically take from thirty minutes to an hour. This short visit to your dentist offers many advantages and can vastly improve your oral health. This is what you should know. 



getting a dental cleaning

Dental cleanings are typically conducted by a hygienist. He or she will begin by using a tool called a scaler to remove the plaque and tartar that’s built up on your teeth since your last cleaning; this process is usually painless.


Next, the hygienist will polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste, using a high-powered electric toothbrush. Polishing makes the teeth surfaces smooth and removes stain, which in turn helps to reduce plaque buildup.  Afterward, they’ll floss between your teeth. This may be followed by a fluoride treatment, which strengthens teeth to prevent cavities.


To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s recommended that you schedule a dental cleaning every six to twelve months or on a timetable that is customized by your dental professional to help maintain optimal health.



The role of dental cleanings in oral health care

Over time, plaque builds up on your teeth and eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Even the strictest brushing and flossing regimen won’t keep tartar completely at bay but it will greatly reduce buildup and gum inflammation between dental appointments.


Unfortunately, tartar is a risk factor for cavities and gum disease, so dental cleanings are a crucial part of maintaining good oral health. There is also evidence that gum inflammation can be a factor in heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, cleanings give your dentist the chance to examine your mouth and catch potential issues early on, before they become major problems.


Other procedures that may be needed

Before your cleaning, the dental hygienist will conduct a physical exam of the mouth during which they’ll check your teeth and gums for potential problems. If an issue is detected, they may consult with the dentist about how to proceed. You may also need to get X-rays taken to identify issues like tooth decay or tooth movement.


call our dental clinic in Red Deer 

If the time has come for your next dental cleaning, give the team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre a call. We’re dedicated to providing you with safe and friendly service that meets your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to book an appointment or find out more.