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Teeth Cleaning

Are you wanting a clean and healthy smile? Teeth cleaning will help look after your teeth by preventing future problems.

Teeth cleaning is important for maintaining your oral health. A combination of regular visits to your hygienist and good oral hygiene at home will help you keep your smile happy and healthy.

Nothing beats that clean teeth feeling you get after visiting the hygienist. And it will help keep your oral health on the right track!

What is teeth cleaning

Teeth cleaning is when plaque and tartar is removed to prevent cavities and gum disease.

It’s important to keep your teeth clean to help prevent future and more expensive issues. The best way to keep your teeth clean is with good oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your hygienist.

Our hygienists are highly trained on educating patients on the most effective ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy. When you visit your hygienist for teeth cleaning, they will examine your mouth to assess the health of your teeth and gums and check for any signs of disease. They will then perform a dental hygiene clean to remove bacteria and plaque. Once the plaque/bacteria has been removed, your teeth will be polished, leaving them feeling smooth and clean and help reduce bacteria sticking to them.


Your hygienist will then show you how to care for your teeth at home. They will advise you on all aspects of dental hygiene, including the use of toothbrushes and dental floss.

In some cases, you may require a deeper clean which is usually performed by your hygienist to treat advanced gum disease. It’s usually performed on someone who hasn’t had regular hygiene appointments. The process of deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planning. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from your tooth surfaces and from the pocket area between teeth and gums. Root planning involves using a special instrument to remove stubborn tartar and plaque from the surface of the roots of your teeth.

Need to know


  • Regular cleaning will be 1 single appointment, usually every 6 months
  • Scaling and root planing can often require two or more visits
  • A follow up appointment may be required for deep cleaning to check the state of your teeth and gums

How long it takes

  • Hygiene treatments usually take around 30 to 60 minutes
  • For more extensive treatment this will usually be 60 minutes for each appointment

You may be asked about

  • Your dental history and medical history
  • Your normal oral care routine at home

Before your appointment

  • No special preparation needed

After your appointment

  • You can usually carry on as normal

Quick tip

If your hygienist gives you advice about daily dental care like teeth brushing techniques and how often you should floss, write it down. It takes time to build a new habit – some say 21 days or more. In the meantime, here’s a handy idea. Stick your note about your new dental care routine on your bathroom mirror as a daily reminder.

Have Questions?

The price of hygiene services and professional cleaning varies across practices and locations. The cost can also differ if you are on a plan, such as the Lumino Dental Plan (available at selected practices). When you visit your dentist for a consultation, they will let you know the price of hygiene services and let you know of the offers or plans available at that practice.

You shouldn’t experience any pain while visiting the hygienist or dentist for a clean. However, it’s not unusual to feel some mild discomfort during treatment. If you have any concerns, we recommend talking to your hygienist or dentist before getting treatment.

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, we recommend that you visit your clinician and dental hygienist twice a year. This will help diagnose and prevent future problems, including gum disease.

Dental teeth cleaning is important to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. If left untreated, severe gum disease can result in tooth loss. Dental cleanings also leave your teeth feeling clean and smooth while preventing bacteria from sticking to your teeth surface.

Ultrasonic dental cleaning is performed to remove tartar in less time. When you get ultrasonic dental cleaning your dentist or hygienist will use a special tool often known as an ultrasonic scaler to remove dental tartar or calculus from your teeth. This will help make your teeth feel really clean and reduce the amount of plaque bacteria that can lead to oral diseases.

You might get ultrasonic dental cleaning if you have a large build-up of tartar and calculus which can lead to tooth decay. You may also get ultrasonic cleaning if you have periodontal (gum) disease as it helps to remove dental calculus from under the gum line.

It’s important to keep your dentures clean as they’re prone to stains, plaque and tartar. Just like brushing your teeth cleaning dentures is an easy process. The first step is to drop a denture cleaning tablet in warm water (make sure it’s not too hot and enough to cover the denture). You might also want to use a special cleanser for dentures to help kill bacteria.

The next step is to use a soft brush and the cleanser tablet solution and gently brush your dentures just like you would brush your teeth (avoid using regular toothpaste however). Once you’ve brushed your dentures, rinse it thoroughly under water.