Teeth Cleaning

Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

A teeth cleaning is one of the simplest preventive treatments to protect against tooth decay. At Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, George Harding, DDS, and his professional team perform comprehensive teeth cleanings to maintain and improve your oral health. To learn more about preventive teeth cleanings, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What is a teeth cleaning?

A teeth cleaning is a preventive treatment to protect against decay. Tooth decay is the result of plaque buildup. Plaque is a sticky form of bacteria that clings to the surface of the teeth. 

When plaque sticks to the teeth, it releases toxins that eat away at your protective enamel. This hard layer on the outside of your teeth provides a tough barrier for the softer layers underneath.

A thorough teeth cleaning removes plaque from the small crevices of your teeth to ensure it can’t accumulate. Routine teeth cleanings are essential for protecting your teeth against decay, erosion, and damage.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

When you arrive for your teeth cleaning, the team at Hyattsville Dental Care starts by performing a dental exam. This evaluation includes a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw development, as well as X-rays.

Next, the team performs your teeth cleaning. They use special dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. The team also uses a high-powered toothbrush to eliminate any leftover plaque and debris. 

Finally, they floss each of your teeth, paying special attention to the areas you may find difficult to reach on your own. Before you leave, your dentist may polish your teeth and apply a tooth-strengthening fluoride treatment.

How often do I need a teeth cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends receiving a teeth cleaning and dental exam at least once a year, but most dentists encourage bi-annual visits. 

Visiting Hyattsville Dental Care at least once every six months for a comprehensive dental exam and teeth cleaning helps ensure that plaque can’t accumulate on your teeth.

What conditions can a teeth cleaning prevent?

Regular teeth cleanings are an essential part of your oral health care routine. While a teeth cleaning prevents plaque buildup, a dental exam helps identify early signs of damage, decay, and other common oral health conditions.

Visiting Hyattsville Dental Care for routine teeth cleanings can help prevent:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Tooth erosion
  • Oral cancer

To learn more about teeth cleanings, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online.