Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings

Why would I need regular dental cleanings?

bluffton dental hygienistA visit to Bluffton Center for Dentistry at least every six months is vital to the continued health of teeth and gums. Regular visits like this help Dr. Porcelli keep up with any changes to your dental health and also gives you regular and professional cleanings. Not only do dental cleanings leave your teeth feeling smooth and clean, you’ll have the additional benefits:

  • Plaque, tartar and bacteria will be removed to prevent cavities and gum disease
  • Fresher breath
  • A brighter smile, and
  • You may save money on more costly procedures in the future because your teeth and gums are being cared for at regular intervals.

What can I expect from a cleaning?

Every cleaning involves some level of both scaling and polishing. As the cleaning progresses, your hygienist will explain the procedure and point out any areas you need to concentrate in your home routine to keep your teeth clean in-between visits.

Scaling Process

Scaling is the removal of built-up tartar and plaque deposits. Your dental hygienist may use a combination of tools to remove tartar and plaque deposits.

Some of our hygienists use an ultrasonic device, which uses vibrations to loosen larger pieces of tartar. This instrument also sprays a mist of water to wash away any debris. After the larger deposits are gone, the smaller deposits are removed with a series of fine tools. These tools are curved to match the shape of teeth and usually only require a little pressure to ensure all deposits are taken removed. If you happen to have more stubborn deposits, a bit more pressure may be used. Regardless of the tools used, the result is the same: your teeth are left smooth and clean.


Polishing makes your just-cleaned teeth smooth and shiny. The polisher is like a toothbrush, but uses a rubber cup instead of bristles. A gritty toothpaste called prophylaxis is used, which helps smooth out any rough spots still left. In some cases, a fluoride rinse follows polishing.