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Teeth Cleaning Specialist

George T. Christakos, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Scottsdale, AZ

A bi-annual teeth cleaning is one of the most effective ways to protect your oral health. George T. Christakos, DDS, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. George Christakos provides comprehensive teeth cleanings for the whole family. Removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums can help prevent serious dental concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease. To schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. George T. Christakos, DDS, call the office or book online now.

Teeth Cleaning Q&A

What is a teeth cleaning?

A teeth cleaning is a preventive treatment that removes plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth and gums. That bi-annual visit also includes a comprehensive dental exam. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry assesses your oral health and addresses any potential dental concerns that may arise. 

Why are teeth cleanings important?

Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that clings to the surface of your teeth. Over time, it releases toxins that break down your tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to decay and damage. Plaque can also harden and turn into tartar, which is impossible to remove on your own. 

While regular brushing and flossing help remove some plaque, it isn’t as effective as a professional teeth cleaning. Dentists use special dental tools to remove plaque and tartar without harming your teeth. As a result, these comprehensive cleanings reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, damaged teeth, and even tooth loss.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

Before your teeth cleaning, your dentist performs a full dental exam to check for cavities and tooth damage. During this evaluation, they look for signs of:

  • Tooth or gum erosion
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Abnormal growths and sores
  • Malocclusion (bite problems)
  • Oral cancer

Your dentist or dental hygienist may also take X-rays to view the tooth-supporting structures in your mouth, such as bone and underlying tissue.

Once they’ve completed the dental exam, your dentist begins your comprehensive teeth cleaning. First, they use special mirrors and scraping tools to remove any built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. They may need to clean under the gum line to make sure there’s no hidden plaque festering between your teeth and gums.

Your dentist also brushes and flosses your teeth to clean areas of your teeth and gums that are hard to reach on your own. Finally, your dentist polishes your teeth and offers a strengthening fluoride treatment to protect your oral health.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry recommends visiting for a teeth cleaning once every six months. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.