Most of us know that in order to maintain total health, good oral health is essential. There is an increasing amount of literature and scientific research showing the link between oral and overall health. With the evidence mounting, dental cleanings are probably on your mind. Here are some facts about dental cleanings.

The term dental prophylaxis means the "removal of dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains from the exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth by scaling and polishing as a preventative measure for the control of local irritants.

This is what your dentist or dental hygenist is doing during your professional dental cleaning. You also get a full set of X-Rays during this appointment to ensure that you don't have any cavities or tooth decay.

If there are dental cavities present, your dentist will usually correct any and all dental problems he or she finds. The two of you will decide upon a dental treatment plan together. Depending on your choice, your dentist can usually clean your teeth before or after any scheduled treatment.