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Why Are Dental Cleanings Necessary?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Woman smiling after getting her teeth cleaned in Ohio City, OH

Keeping your teeth and gums in good condition is one of the most significant steps that you can take for your long-term health. The good news is that maintaining a healthy smile is relatively easy. By practicing good oral hygiene habits on a regular basis, including visiting the dentist for routine dental cleanings, you can ensure your teeth and gums stay strong and beautiful for years to come. Here's what you should know about dental cleanings and why they matter before scheduling your next appointment at Ryba Dentistry in Cleveland or Seven Hills, Ohio.

What is a Dental Cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a preventative dental treatment performed at a dental office by either a dentist or a dental hygienist. Dental cleanings are often done during the same appointment as routine dental exams, but the two procedures serve different purposes entirely. Dental cleanings usually take around 30 minutes to complete, depending on the condition of your mouth, are virtually painless and can benefit the oral health of both children and adults.

What is the Point of Dental Cleanings?

When you don't brush your teeth thoroughly or often enough, bacteria and food particles can get left behind, particularly in the cracks between them or along your gum line. When this occurs, a clear, sticky film called plaque can develop on the surface of your teeth. If left to mature, plaque can harden into tartar buildup, which is impossible to remove at home and can lead to serious dental complications, including gum disease. Even if your teeth appear to be healthy, having your teeth professionally cleaned at the dentist is the best way to prevent plaque from building up on your teeth or removing it from your teeth if it's already developed.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Having your teeth cleaned at Ryba Dentistry is an easy, comfortable process. Here's what you can expect during your appointment:

  • The dental hygienist will examine your teeth for any abnormalities or concerns.

  • Next, the hygienist will gently scrape the plaque, tartar, and other debris from the surface of your teeth with special tools.

  • Then, they will carefully floss between each of your teeth.

  • Lastly, the dental hygienist may apply a fluoride solution to the surface of your teeth to help protect your teeth until your next appointment.

How Long Can You Go Without a Dental Cleaning?

It is recommended that everyone have their teeth cleaned at the dentist's every six months to prevent oral health problems. If you've been diagnosed with a dental issue, such as gum disease, Dr. Ryba may suggest you have your teeth cleaned more frequently until they're healthy again. Skipping your teeth cleanings for more than two years can greatly increase your chances of developing gum disease and experiencing potential complications, including tooth loss.

Schedule Your Professional Teeth Cleaning at Ryba Dentistry

For many people, going to the dentist for routine dental work can be an overwhelming experience, especially if it's been a while since your last visit. At Ryba Dentistry, Dr. Ryba and his friendly team offer judgment-free, compassionate care to every patient they have the pleasure of assisting. Don't let the fear of going to the dentist prevent you from caring for your mouth as you should. If you're due for a routine dental exam and professional cleaning, there's no better time than now to schedule a preventative care appointment. In as little as one convenient visit, you can improve the health and beauty of your smile. Contact us today to make your appointment and see how easy prioritizing the health of your teeth and gums can be!


Dr. Christopher Ryba, DDS, dentist at Ryba Dentistry in Ohio City, OH
Dr. Christopher Ryba, DDS, dentist at Ryba Dentistry in Ohio City, OH

Christopher R. Ryba, DDS

Dr. Christopher R. Ryba, an Ohio State University alum and owner of two practices in Ohio, excels in oral pathology and aesthetic dental restorations. In addition to advising the Allied Dental Health Professions Programs at Cuyahoga Community College, he demonstrates his commitment to community service through his work with the Ohio Dental Outreach. His Seven Hills and Ohio City clinics warmly welcome patients of all ages.


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