Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning Topping Dental Group

Why do you need Dental Cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only between 25 and 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing, and polishing.

During your appointment we also do a full mouth inspection. 47.2% of adults aged 30 and above have some sort of gum disease. During our dental cleaning, we make sure that your gums are healthy and remain healthy. If we notice a potential for gum disease, we are able to quickly address and fix the problem areas before the gum disease spreads and affects your entire smile.

What is “scaling” and why do we do it at every dental cleaning visit?

Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar.

Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve the best results, both electric and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.

What is involved in a dental cleaning visit?

We want you to be 100% comfortable when it’s time to get your teeth cleaned done at any of our Topping Dental Group locations. Here’s what you can expect when it’s time to get a routine dental cleaning:

  • Gum examination to make sure you don't have gingivitis
  • Scaling (removing of tarter and plaque)
  • Flossing to make sure between the teeth is cleaned, too
  • Fluoride treatment to finish

Choose a Topping Dental Location for Your Next Teeth Cleaning Appointment

Topping Dental Napannee


102 W Market Street
Nappanee, IN 46550

Topping Dental Elkhart


21813 State Road 120
Elkhart, IN 46516

Topping Dental Middlebury


317 W. Bristol Avenue
Middlebury, IN 46540

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Cleaning

How often should I have a schedule dental cleaning?

The ADA recommends that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a routine dental cleaning. This is a great practice to have because we want to proactively spot potential problems and take care of the issue before it becomes a problem that requires a lot of intervention.

If you spot a cavity, can I have it taken care of during my dental cleaning visit?

We do not treat cavities on the same day as your cleaning appointment. Before leaving the office, you are able to schedule an appointment to take care of the filling. To learn more about fillings, click the button below.

Do you take x-rays?

Yes, we take x-rays of your mouth as needed to make sure that there are no issues happening below the surface of your teeth. 

How long do dental cleaning appointments last?

We pride ourselves on having an efficient, yet quick appointment. Most appointments can be finished in 30 minutes, but we recommend that you plan for 60 minutes in case we find any problems that need to be addressed.

Is it safe to have a dental cleaning appointment if I’m pregnant?

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend that you have a dentist appointment while pregnant and soon after giving birth. The mouth tells us a lot about your overall health and is the first step in having a healthy lifestyle.

How long do I have to wait to eat or drink after receiving fluoride treatment?

Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after your appointment, and avoid coffee, tea, and dark liquids for 6 hours. The longer you can go without eating or drinking, the better your fluoride treatment will work on your teeth. After 6 hours, you don’t need to avoid any food or drinks.

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Topping Dental Group is here to assist each and every patient with the very best dental care. Our office has a small town, neighborly atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease.