Teeth cleaning is a part of oral hygiene involving the removal of dental plaque from teeth for preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis and periodontal disease.
People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and interdental cleaning but dentists can remove hardened deposits (tartar) not removed by routine cleaning. Those with dentures and natural teeth may supplement their cleaning with a denture cleaner.
Brushing, scrubbing and flossing are 3 parts of the teeth cleaning process. Most dentists recommend teeth cleaned professionally every six months. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during treatment of dental and other oral disorders.
Routine examination of the teeth is recommended at least every year. This may include yearly dental X-rays. Dentists and dental hygienists can instruct and demonstrate proper brushing or flossing techniques. Cleaning with a denture cleaner.