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A 41-year-old member asked:

can i go to a dentist to get my teeth all cleaned, all plaque removed?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes: This is a routine service for all general dentists (or their dental hygienists) and periodontal offices. They use hand scalers, ultrasonic scalers and polishing cups or brushes.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes.. good start: Most dental offices like to first see you for an exam and x-rays to evaluate your oral health. They will than diagnose the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. If your gum and bone are healthy, a regular cleaning can be performed by your dental office. If you have signs of severe periodontal disease your dentist may have to refer you to a specialist (periodontist).

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A 32-year-old member asked:

So i want to get my teeth all cleaned, all plaque ect removed. Do all dentist do this? Also how do they do it?

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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Most do: Most all dentists will have a hygienist that cleans teeth for patients. Some will do it themselves. Very few specialists will do this or have somebody that does this. See a general dentist for this. Hand instruments are generally used to remove the plaque. If the plaque and calculus is severe, a special motorized instrument will gently remove the harder material.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Why would a dentist leave some plaque on my teeth? I was told that some plaque could not be removed due to my teeth. Is this accurate?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Plaque?: Plaque is soft and can be removed by you with proper tooth brushing and flossing. Did you or your dentist mean to say calculus (which is hard and requires removal with instruments by a professional (dentist or dental hygienist)? I don't understand what is mean or implied by could not be removed "due to my teeth"? Ask for further explanation and then re-post your question.

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