What Makes Professional Dental Cleanings Necessary? Our Orland Park Dentist Explains

Written by Dr. Zaibak on Jan 26, 2021

Following the general recommendation from the American Dental Association, you should probably be undergoing a professional dental cleaning and assessment every six months or so. This short article from our Tinley Park dentists helps you understand what, exactly, you can expect from this appointment.

Removing Tartar

Plaque that has been allowed to sit on your teeth for an extended period of time turns into something called tartar (or calculus). This form of calcified plaque is exceptionally hard, and is therefore difficult to remove. While brushing and flossing clears away sticky plaque, you will likely need a cleaning with professional tools to remove tartar.

Thorough Cleaning

Additionally, our dental team is able to get to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. Patients tend to notice bacteria build up around their back molars, between back teeth, and in small spaces in which teeth and gum tissue meet.

Screening for Oral Cancers

Our dental team completes an oral cancer screening along with every semi-annual appointment and cleaning. We look for signs of pre-cancerous and cancerous tissues, including redness, active sores, irregular tissue textures, and discoloration. 

Gauge Treatment Goals

Our dental team is here to help you reach both your short and long-term oral health goals. To that end, regularly scheduled appointments with our dental team will help us build, and refine, a dental treatment plan that is effective and efficient. 

No matter how long it has been since you completed a professional cleaning, our Orland Park dentists can help you get back on track. Reach out to our team to get started!