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Improve Your Oral Health and Keep Your Smile Safe with Personalized Care from Dr. J. Barry Tillis

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist that should be performed every six months to prevent plaque buildup, which can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Most dental cleanings take only between 25 and 30 minutes. A routine dental cleaning typically includes scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling removes plaque and tartar from each tooth’s surface. Scaling is typically done by hand, but new technology has led to more modern methods such as using electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both electric and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.