The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to schedule dental cleanings every six months. While brushing and flossing your teeth at home is good for your oral health, you’ll need the help of one of our Hudsonville dentists to remove hardened plaque (tartar). If left untreated, plaque buildup can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, our team can remove plaque from teeth before you experience oral health issues. Teeth Cleaning Procedure Check for Obvious Oral Health Issues First, our dental hygienists will examine your mouth for obvious signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues. If our hygienists find a serious issue, they will pause the teeth cleaning to ask our dentist how to proceed. Remove Plaque and Tartar Next, we use a special dental tool called a scaler to gently scrape away plaque and tartar from your smile. If you notice our hygienists taking a longer time than usual on this step, this is a sign that you need to brush or floss more thoroughly. Polish and Floss Teeth Our hygienists use a high-powered toothbrush and gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth. Once your teeth are polished, our hygienists will have you rinse. Next, our hygienists will expertly floss your teeth to remove any remaining dental plaque, toothpaste, or other debris. Examine Teeth and Gums The last step of your teeth cleaning is for our dentists to inspect your teeth and gums. Our dentists will also be able to answer any questions you might have about your oral health. Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning Our Hudsonville, MI, preventive dentists recommend all of our patients get a professional teeth cleaning every six months. To schedule your next appointment, call Hudsonville Dental at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online.