Most people consider their mouth to be a separate part of their body, one that has absolutely nothing to do with their overall health. This is actually a false assumption. In reality, your mouth is connected to all other body parts and can lead to or be indicative of disease in these parts. These diseases may include conditions as serious as heart disease or dementia.

Our team of dental professionals at the Smile Dental Practice in Glendale, know that teeth cleaning is a very important aspect of maintaining proper hygiene for your mouth. Further, it helps maintain the overall health of a person and keeps him or her disease-free. Most people are unaware that professional teeth cleaning procedures should be done a minimum of two times every year as it helps boost one’s oral and overall health.


There is a key difference between routine, self-cleaning and the professional cleaning of teeth. In a teeth cleaning procedure, we work to remove tartar, stains, and plaque collected on the patient’s teeth over a period of time. Did you know that it is possible for tartar to develop even when you brush and floss your gums and teeth daily?

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that carries several million bacteria. And these bacteria are capable of causing tooth decay and gum disease if not eliminated by daily cleaning and routine dentist visits. Tartar, also known as dental calculus, can be described as calcified, hard deposits, which are formed on the teeth. These deposits could also lead to tooth decay.


There are various reasons why you need a professional to help clean your teeth in order to maintain optimum oral hygiene. First, a dentist uses specialized tools and instruments for gently and efficiently removing all the deposits from your teeth. Each instrument used in the teeth cleaning process is properly cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized to ensure quality control and safety of the patient.

When cleaning your teeth, our dental professionals may also use a special dental mirror in order to inspect the more discrete areas of your mouth. A dental mirror has an elongated handle which is typically linked to a round mirror. This mirror helps make it possible to examine your gums and teeth and check for any irritation, decay, swelling, bleeding or tartar. The ultrasonic instrument is usually the first tool utilized for cleaning teeth in professional teeth cleaning sessions.

Root planing is the second aspect of teeth cleaning. This is done by using a unique scaling instrument for removing tartar and plaque from the root surface to complete the cleaning process. You may need to return for a follow-up appointment so that we can ensure the teeth and gums are in a healthier state and there are no pocket depths.

Dental cleanings at Smile Dental Practice entail both preventive and diagnostic services. In addition to this, our team may also provide you with some educational information to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy at all times.

Below are a few examples of the common diagnostic services we perform:

  • A review of your medical history. This could include information about medications, heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy as they may impact oral health.
  • An analysis of your gum tissue.
  • A screening and examination for oral cancer.
  • Examination and x-rays to diagnose tooth decay.
  • Examination of chewing, swallowing, and biting patterns.
  • Recommendations for other specific dental treatments, if necessary


Most patients report that teeth cleaning at a dental office is a painless procedure. No discomfort is usually caused by the cool water mist, gentle scraping action, and mild vibrations experienced during the procedure. If you start to feel any pain or discomfort during your teeth cleaning process, it is important to inform the dentist. He may suggest alternative options and make the procedure more comfortable for you. In most cases, teeth cleaning treatments will be completed within an hour. The patient is asked to sit in a dental chair in the lying position for the duration of the procedure.

Once the teeth cleaning session is over, you will notice your teeth feeling fresher and looking brighter. It is important to understand that a teeth cleaning treatment isn’t just meant to give you beautiful looking teeth. Teeth cleaning is an important way to prevent and treat all kinds of periodontal diseases and it also helps maintain good oral health. To find out more about the teeth cleaning procedure and its advantages, contact us at Smile Dental Practice.


We’re here to help our patients achieve their dental goals and dream smile. Contact our office today to schedule your next dental visit at our Glendale Dentist office.