Pleasanton Star Dental | Dentist in Pleasanton, CA



While diligent brushing and flossing twice daily is fundamental for a healthy smile, it cannot fully replace the need for professional dental cleanings. Only through professional cleanings, performed by a dentist or dental hygienist, can you effectively remove the plaque buildup that often leads to gum disease. To ensure the optimal health of your teeth and gums, regular visits for routine cleanings are indispensable.

Professional cleanings at our Pleasanton dental clinic are straightforward yet crucial procedures that play a significant role in preserving your oral health and thwarting potential damage caused by bacteria. Adhering to the American Dental Association’s recommendation, we encourage our patients to schedule dental cleanings every six months. However, for those more susceptible to gingivitis or those with dental implants, more frequent visits—every three to four months—are advised to prevent infections and maintain oral health.


A dental cleaning involves more than just the removal of plaque and tartar buildup. Each appointment includes a comprehensive oral examination where your dentist checks for cavities, early signs of tooth decay, gum health, and even screens for oral cancer. This holistic approach ensures that any emerging dental issues are identified and addressed promptly.


In addition to professional cleanings, we advocate for robust personal oral hygiene practices. Patients should brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles and replacing it every three to four months, or sooner if it shows signs of wear, is vital for effective cleaning. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be effective when used correctly, as stated by the American Dental Association. During your visit to our clinic, our dental hygienists can demonstrate effective brushing techniques tailored to your specific oral health needs, ensuring your at-home care complements your professional cleanings.

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