What Happens During A Cleaning? Corbet Locke D.D.S. in Woodway
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What Happens During A Cleaning?

added on: October 22, 2015

Surprisingly, many people choose to skip a routine visit to have their teeth cleaned. What happens during a cleaning? This noninvasive procedure can help brighten your teeth and reduce the risk of serious oral health complications. If you want to maintain a healthy smile, one free of periodontal disease and other issues, then you need to have your teeth cleaned.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings

Question: How long does treatment take?

Answer: The procedure doesn’t take long, just a single visit and the doctor can leave your teeth smooth, bright, and free of plaque buildup.

Question: Does everyone need his or her teeth cleaned?

Answer: Both kids and adults, no matter how old, can benefit from having their teeth cleaned. Otherwise, the patient could develop a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. To schedule a visit, just contact our office staff.

Question: What are the benefits?

Answer: Over time, bacteria can break down food particles, boosting oral acidity and coating the teeth in a layer of plaque. The buildup can cause the enamel to erode and the gums to become inflamed, increasing the risk of cavities and periodontal disease. A cleaning involves the doctor removing the buildup with a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. Afterward, the teeth are thoroughly polished. In addition to disease and decay prevention, the cleaning allows the doctor to examine the gums and interior of the mouth for signs of other oral health concerns, such as oral cancer.

Question: How do I keep my smile clean at home?

Answer: Aside from your cleaning you need to take steps to reduce the severity of future plaque buildup. You can accomplish this by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once, preferably before bed. Doing so removes the bits of food that bacteria can break down to create plaque. In addition, we urge patients to quit smoking and cut back on sugary foods and drinks. With the right steps, you can enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile. If you have any questions about our preventive treatments then please contact our office today.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.