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Dental Cleaning at Piedmont Dental

woman smiling while having her teeth cleanedRoutine professional dental cleanings and examinations are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleanings can remove calcified plaque that can form even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in hard-to-reach regions. It is suggested that you have a dental cleaning and checkup every six months. We make it a priority at Piedmont Dental in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to provide top quality Dental care.

How Does It Work?

Your dental cleaning should take between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a professional dental hygienist would clean your teeth and a dentist will follow up with an exam. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless and do not cause any discomfort; however, if you wait too long between cleanings and decay or periodontal disease develops, it can be a longer and more complicated treatment.

Dental Cleaning and Checkup Procedures

A dental cleaning consists of two critical processes. 1. The first step is scaling the teeth, which involves the dentist or hygienist removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. Depending on their preference, this can be done by hand or using electric scalers.  The hygienist will clean all around the teeth and into the gum pockets to eliminate plaque accumulation. 2. The second step is polishing the teeth to eliminate any remaining plaque and to buff them. Polishers typically have multiple different sized heads to clean difficult-to-reach areas. This final procedure also protects your teeth for a short period of time. girl learning how to brush her teeth using an apple and a toothbrushIt is critical to visit the dentist on a regular basis for a professional checkup to ensure that your teeth are clean and operating properly.  As tartar builds up on your teeth, your gums become irritated causing gingivitis.  If gingivitis goes untreated and the plaque and tartar deposits remain, pockets in your gums can form leading to gum and bone loss known as periodontal disease.   It is difficult without regular cleanings to keep gum inflammation and bone loss from getting worse over time.  Periodontal disease can weaken the tooth, the adjacent teeth, and the gum tissue.

Establish a Routine

Brushing teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, is recommended for both children and adults. Brushing after each meal is advised, but at least twice a day is required.  Flossing is critical to maintain the health of your gums and protect your teeth from decay occurring in between your teeth.  Flossing should occur at least once at night before bedtime. little girl brushing her teethProfessional dental cleanings can be a very important habit to cultivate, especially for children. Tooth decay in baby teeth is a problem that can cause a lot of pain if not treated.  In addition to pain, decay in the baby teeth can cause problems with the permanent teeth beneath them.  If cavities are not treated, they can weaken adult teeth and not leave enough room for the permanent teeth to emerge. Dr. Areheart in Rock Hill, SC, takes pride in making sure that children feel at ease in our clinic while getting their teeth cleaned. Pediatric Dental care is one of our services that we regularly do at our practice. Call our Rock Hill, SC office today to book your family’s dental cleanings. In addition to having your teeth cleaned, inquire about our teeth whitening solutions!


Get the smile you deserve. At Piedmont Dental, we serve family members of all ages, that include professional pediatric dentistry. Use the contact form to schedule your appointment and one of our staff members will be in touch ASAP!

American Dental Association
Academy of Cosmetic Dentists
South Carolina Dental Associates
Tri-County Dental Associations
Dentist Association

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