Routine Cleanings

At Aloha Dental we offer routine dental cleanings to people of all ages. From a 2-year-old happy visit creating positive dental experiences to cleaning your denture and any remaining teeth, we are here to support your dental needs!

Routine dental cleanings are appointments that our dental patients attend on 3 to 6-month intervals (depending on your oral health) to remove dental plaque and calculus from tooth structure. These appointments help prevent dental decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. At these routine cleanings we also take cavity detecting radiographs, scan for oral cancer and other oral pathologies, and recommend dental products that tend to your personal oral health.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
It is recommended that healthy patients get their teeth cleaned every 6 months. Patients that fallinto the periodontal category are requested to be seen more often.
Are dental x-rays really needed?
Our dental office suggests that routine x-rays are taken once in a 12-month period to show any cavities forming on the surfaces of the teeth that we are not able to see clinically.
Do our teeth need fluoride?
When fluoride is used topically it helps prevents cavities as well as strengthening decalcified areas of enamel.
Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
Bacteria, which occurs naturally in our mouths, builds up on our teeth and gums. Bleeding primarily occurs when you don’t brush and floss daily or come in at the routine dental visit interval that your dental hygienist believes is best fit for you. Without proper removal of this bacterium, it can cause red, puffy gums that will bleed.
My hygienist recommends that I have a deep cleaning or scaling & root planning, why?
When determining your periodontal status, the dental hygienists uses three tools - x-rays, gum charting, and clinical appearance. X-rays show bone levels and calculus deposits (hardened plaque) on root surfaces. When bone levels are low, and calculus is present it is an indicator that periodontal disease is present. Gum charting is a number scale used to show the health of gum tissue. The higher the number the more advanced your periodontal disease is. The clinical exam assists in determining health of gums based on gum color, texture, and visible plaque andcalculus build up.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can occur for multiple reasons. It is most commonly seen in patients who have gone longer than suggested for their routine dental cleanings. Most patients diagnosed with this disease have underlying issues such as poor oral care, genetics, or other linked diseases.