Gentle Professional Cleaning

For an appointment call our office today at 618-985-4200 or Make an Appointment

Teeth Cleanings A Guide to Improve Your Overall Health.

A professional process for teeth cleaning.

For a regular teeth cleaning, our dentist performs the following steps:  


First, our dentist will conduct an oral examination to determine the health of your gums and teeth. Problem areas will be identified if any, and further tests and examinations can be done if needed. Our dentist will also ask for your dental history. Once the examination has been completed, our dentist can move on to the teeth cleaning.

Removal of Tartar and Plaque

The teeth cleaning process would start with the removal of tartar, stains and plaque buildup which is a biofilm that grows and deposits on the surface of your teeth. Our dentist will begin by targeting the larger deposits. This process varies, especially if it’s your first time.


After the tartar and plaque buildup has been removed, our dentist will start polishing through various tools to achieve a cleaner, fresher and great smile.

Rinsing and Fluoride Application

Finally, our dentist will rinse out your mouth to eliminate leftover debris and start the fluoride application. The process of applying fluoride is essential for your overall oral health as it helps and protects your teeth from deterioration.

Types of Teeth Cleaning

Typically, when you visit our dental office, our dentist performs a regular cleaning to eliminate the tartar and plaque buildup. Sometimes you might need a different cleaning procedure depending on the needs of your current oral health that’s why there are different types of teeth cleanings. After examination, our dentist will recommend the cleaning process that fulfills your needs the most.

Regular Cleaning

In a regular cleaning process, our dentist eliminates stains, tartar, and plaque from your teeth. This teeth cleaning process is typically recommended by our dentist to be done at least twice a year. For patients with gum health issues, our dentist could recommend more visits to our Carterville Dental Center   dental office for teeth cleanings and other treatments.  

Deep Cleaning

If you have signs of gum disease, this type of teeth cleaning is recommended by our dentist. The signs and symptoms include a strong buildup of tartar and plaque under the gums, bleeding gums, x-rays showing tooth loss and/or identification of deep gum pockets.

Periodontal Maintenance

This process of teeth cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque from below and above the gum line, deep cleaning of certain areas on your teeth, and is followed up by a teeth polish. This process is also advised after oral surgery. This type of teeth cleaning is typically recommended by our dentist after you have undergone a periodontal treatment like deep cleaning. Continuous maintenance is significant as there are high chances of recurrence of gum disease if proper follow-up isn’t done.

Full Mouth Debridement

In some cases, our dentist might recommend this teeth cleaning procedure when there is a drastic tartar and plaque buildup, making it difficult to even conduct an oral examination. Full mouth debridement includes the complete elimination of hard tartar and plaque from your gums and teeth. This process of teeth cleaning is done by our dentist before the oral examination is conducted and further diagnosis can be given to your current oral health.

Advantages of Teeth Cleaning

There are plenty of reasons why you should visit our dentist to get your teeth cleaned. As mentioned before, the teeth cleaning process is crucial for your overall oral health. Some advantages you will experience are as follows:

Bad Breath Prevention

Regular professional cleanings mean maintenance for your oral health. Good oral health then means fresh breath and a healthy mouth.

Brighter Smile

The stains on your teeth are typically caused by smoking, wine, tea and coffee drinks. However, these stains can be eliminated with the help of teeth cleaning which leaves your teeth polished, giving you a brighter and the beautiful smile you deserve.   

Cavity Prevention

Plaque is one of the major reasons for tooth decay. This is an acidic substance that starts eating away the enamel which is the visible tissue on the surface of your teeth. If it’s not removed regularly, the build-up could result in cavities. The teeth cleaning process performed by our dentist helps in eliminating stubborn plaque to prevent cavities.  

Preventing tooth loss

When plaque build-up is left unattended, it can result in gum disease which is a leading cause of tooth loss. If the gum disease spreads, the plaque starts spreading and may damage the bone support of your teeth in the jaw. This results in loose teeth and eventually results in tooth loss.  

Improved Health

Numerous studies have determined a link between overall health and oral health. The first step to get better overall wellness is having a regular teeth cleanings performed by our dentist.

Frequency of Teeth Cleaning

Our dentist will advise when thorough teeth cleanings should be performed and our team will schedule you accordingly. The frequency you would need teeth cleanings can vary, so it is advised to schedule an appointment with our dentist.  A protocol for teeth cleanings and other dental procedures can be given at that time.For children, it’s recommended that parents get them started as early as three years of age and get their teeth cleaned almost twice a year. This helps them maintain a good oral hygiene from a young age. Getting your teeth cleaned is essential for maintaining the good health of your teeth and gums and your overall health. Schedule your appointment at Carterville Dental Center and ask about all the dental services we offer. Our dentist and team will answer all of your concerns to make your experience as comfortable as possible.