A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately one hour. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth. Periodic exams are also performed by the doctor alongside of cleanings. This exam includes checking for tooth decay, oral cancer screen, as well as examining x-rays for abnormalities within the tooth structure and surrounding bone.