Dental Cleaning

Prevention is the key to a lifetime of healthy gum tissue. Dental cleanings are important to remove dental buildup or tartar as it accumulates. When tartar builds up below the gum, the body reacts with an inflammatory response. Significant research in recent years has found that inflammation is detrimental to the long term health of the body. In the mouth, inflammation leads to the loss of the bone that supports the teeth. With continued inflammation, bone loss can become so severe that teeth become mobile. At this stage, treatment becomes very difficult. With routine cleaning, buildup is removed regularly, bone loss is prevented, and our patients experience a lifetime of healthy gum tissue.

What to Expect at your Dental Cleaning

Our team of talented dental professionals is well trained to make you comfortable during your dental visit. During your teeth cleaning, our team will review your medical history to ensure there are no changes that will impact your visit with us. If you have not had updated dental xrays, our team will recommend taking new xrays to properly diagnose any potential issues with your teeth or gums. One of our dental hygienists will then clean any tartar, or buildup, from your teeth and gums. After polishing your teeth, we will complete a dental exam where Dr. Carraway will check for cavities and other dental issues. If any are, found we will present your dental treatment options.

How Often Should you Have a Teeth Cleaning

While every patient is different and has different dental needs, we typically recommend patients receive dental cleanings every six months if they have healthy teeth and gums. By removing buildup every six months, gum inflammation can be prevented or minimized. For patients that have a history of gum disease, we typically recommend receiving some type of dental cleanings every three months to prevent the gum disease from progrressing.

Why Do you Need Dental Cleanings

The primary purpose of a teeth cleaning is to remove tartar from your teeth and root surface. Tartar can also be called dental calculus or buildup. The makeup of tartar is various mineral components along with bacteria. The body reacts to tartar with an inflammatory response, so it is very important to receive dental cleanings to remove tartar from the tooth surface. Tartar can not be removed by brushing or flossing alone, so it must be done professionally by a dental hygienist or dentist. 


Gum disease is a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans. The gums include the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth. Gum disease begins with inflammation of the gingival tissue around teeth and progresses to the loss of bone around the teeth. In severe gum disease, the teeth can become mobile after the foundation of the bone and gums has been lost. Prevention of gum disease requires the combination of daily home care with dental cleanings at the dental office. 

What is Gum Disease