Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, are professional procedures performed by our dentists in South Plainfield, NJ, to remove plaque, tartar (calculus), and stains from the teeth. Using specialized instruments and techniques, dental cleanings thoroughly clean the surfaces of the teeth, including areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.

The importance of dental cleanings lies in their role in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues by removing harmful bacteria and debris, promoting gum health, and maintaining a bright, healthy smile. Regular dental cleanings are essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental problems in the long term.

The Procedure for Dental Cleanings

Assessment and Evaluation

The procedure for dental cleanings in South Plainfield, NJ, typically begins with assessing the patient's oral health. The dentist examines the teeth and gums, looking for signs of plaque buildup, tartar (calculus), gum inflammation, or other dental issues. This initial assessment helps determine the extent of cleaning needed and allows the dental professional to tailor the cleaning process to the patient's specific needs.

Removal of Plaque and Tartar

Once the assessment is complete, our dental hygienist or dentist in South Plainfield, NJ, proceeds to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Using specialized instruments such as scalers and curettes, they carefully scrape away plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth surfaces, including areas that are difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing. This meticulous cleaning helps prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. 

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing may be necessary in cases where there is significant plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line. This deep cleaning procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the tooth roots and smoothing out rough spots on the roots to prevent bacteria from adhering and causing further inflammation. Scaling and root planing is essential for treating gum disease and promoting gum health. 

Polishing and Fluoride Treatment

Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, they are polished to remove surface stains and smooth the tooth surfaces. Our hygienist or dentist at Park Avenue Dental uses a specialized polishing paste and rotating brush to polish the teeth, leaving them smooth and shiny. Finally, a fluoride treatment may be applied to strengthen the enamel and protect against tooth decay. Fluoride helps remineralize the teeth, making them more resistant to acid erosion and decay. 

Oral Hygiene Instructions and Recommendations

As the dental cleaning process concludes, the dental hygienist or dentist provides the patient with oral hygiene instructions and recommendations for maintaining optimal oral health at home. This may include guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, recommendations on oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, and advice on dietary habits promoting dental health.  

By empowering patients with knowledge and strategies for good oral hygiene, our dental professionals help ensure long-term oral health and wellness. Contact us today to learn more! 

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

Plaque and Tartar Removal

  • Dental cleanings effectively remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth.
  • Tartar, which is hardened plaque, is also eliminated, preventing its detrimental effects on oral health. 
  • Reduction of plaque and tartar lowers the risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Prevention of Gum Disease

  • Cleanings help prevent gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) by removing plaque and tartar that cause inflammation.
  • Regular cleanings reduce the risk of gum recession, tooth loss, and other complications associated with gum disease.
  • Early detection and treatment during cleanings can prevent gum disease from progressing to more severe stages.

Halting Tooth Decay

  • By removing plaque, cleanings stop the progression of tooth decay.
  • Areas prone to decay, such as between teeth and along the gumline, are thoroughly cleaned during dental prophylaxis. 
  • Fluoride treatments applied after a cleaning strengthen enamel, further preventing decay. 

Fresher Breath

  • Cleanings eliminate plaque and tartar, the primary culprits behind bad breath.
  • Addressing the source of oral odor promotes fresher breath and boosts confidence.

Detection of Oral Health Issues

  • Dental professionals can detect early signs of oral health issues during cleanings, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.
  • X-rays and thorough examinations conducted during cleaning appointments help identify issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. 
  • Early detection allows for timely intervention and prevents problems from worsening.

Preservation of Overall Health

  • Oral health is closely linked to overall health; cleanings contribute to supporting both. 
  • Poor oral health is associated with systemic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.
  • Regular cleanings reduce the risk of these conditions by maintaining oral health and preventing the spread of bacteria.

Customized Care

  • Dental cleanings are tailored to individual needs, considering age, oral hygiene habits, and existing dental conditions.
  • Patients with braces, dental implants, or other special circumstances receive specialized cleaning techniques to address their unique requirements.
  • Dental professionals provide personalized oral care recommendations based on each cleaning appointment's findings.

Dental cleanings are essential for maintaining optimal oral health, preventing dental issues, and promoting overall well-being. Visit Park Avenue Dental at 160 Oak Tree Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080, or call (908) 757-3200 to schedule your next dental cleaning today and embark on the journey to optimal oral health. 


160 Oak Tree Ave.,
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

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