Dental cleaning is the professional cleaning you can only receive from a qualified dentist or dental hygienist. Dr Harrer Sobek's routine dental cleaning includes scaling and polishing. These important steps are outlined in detail below.

This is the removal of plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces with different types of scaling being used in relation to the amount of plaque and tartar.

Dental hygienists perform traditional scaling by hand. Advances in technology have led to more modern methods such as electric scalers, which allow dental cleaning to be done in much shorter period of time. However, to achieve best results, electric and manual scaling should be combined in dental cleaning.

Ultrasonic scaling uses a machine called a cavitron, which uses sound waves to remove tartar. Ultrasonic scalers can only remove 50% of total tartar buildup so hand scaling must follow cavitron scaling.

This is the finishing touch of rubbing on the surface of the teeth. Rubber cup polishing employs a low-speed hand piece with a rubber cup tip mounted on the top that contains a polishing paste that is made of abrasive ingredients ideal for removing stains.

The amount of time needed for dental cleaning depends on factors from plaque deposits, complication of dental restorations and your gingival health. People with more tartar and plaque buildup need longer appointments than those who have relatively cleaner teeth. Cleaning should be performed on average every six months to prevent excessive plaque build up. Lack of cleaning allows the growth of plaque, which if left unchecked can lead to the various types of conditions involved in tooth decay.

Many patients require more frequent cleanings depending on the amount of plaque and tartar buildup and periodontal pocket depths. Dr. Harrer Sobek and the dental hygenists will prescribe the appropriate schedule for each patient.