Do You Need A Cleaning?

October 2, 2015

When was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned? Many people assume that since they brush and floss as recommended a dental cleanings isn’t really necessary. However, this preventive procedure can help preserve the health of your smile. Do you need a cleaning?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings

Question: How often should my teeth be cleaned?

Answer: The American Dental Association recommends our teeth undergo an exam and a cleaning at least twice a year. We agree. Regular dental cleanings can help improve the health and beauty of your smile.

Question: What happens during the procedure?

Answer: During the procedure the doctor or a hygienist will remove the plaque from your teeth. Doing so will require either a manual tool or possibly an ultrasonic scaler. By removing the plaque the doctor reduces the risk of cavities, gum disease, and discoloration in your smile.

Question: Do kids need one too?

Answer: In many cases, yes, older children may benefit from having their teeth cleaned. We will examine your kittle one’s smile during the checkup. If we find the presence of decay we will perform the procedure.

Question: What is periodontal therapy?

Answer: Plaque buildup can inflame the gums, leading to the onset of gum disease if the teeth aren’t cleaned. We can perform a deep cleaning, also known as periodontal therapy, to address the buildup and reverse or manage the disease. The deep cleaning consist of a scaling and root planing. Simply put, the dentist will remove the plaque from the surface of the teeth and the exposed portions of the root. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry then talk to our office today.


At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.

Our Services

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General Dentistry

General dental care provides preventive services along with feedback about your oral health. We provide important oral health reviews for patients of all ages.

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Advanced Dentistry

The right solution for an active oral health issue can give you more confidence in your smile along with the support to bite and chew comfortably.

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Children’s Dentistry

We strive to make every visit comfortable for the kids who depend on us, and we provide reviews and protection that helps you keep them safe from oral health threats.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

We offer conservative, lasting solutions to the flaws that rob people of confidence in the way they look when they speak and smile.