The dentist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and calculus around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. You’ll hear a scraping sound, but this is normal. The more calculus there is in your mouth, the more time they’ll need to scrape a particular spot.

Brushing and flossing stops plaque from building up and hardening into calculus. Once you have calculus, you can’t remove it by brushing and it only can be removed at your dentist’s office.

After the cleaning, the dentist will use a prophy paste which smells and tastes like flavoured toothpaste. However, it has a gritty consistency that gently polishes your teeth.

The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment. This treatment is used as a protectant for your teeth to help fight against cavities for several months.

A fluoride gel is spread on a tray that fits over your teeth. It’s usually left on your teeth for one minute. It is recommended that the patient doesn’t drink or eat within 30 minutes after the gel is placed.

It is recommended to get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months.