Dental Hygiene and Teeth Cleaning

Care for your smile

We are only given one set of adult teeth for life, it is important we look after it. Brushing and flossing is not enough, regular visits to your dentist and hygienists for teeth scaling and oral health education are necessary to maintain a good oral health.

Bacteria, tartar and plaque can build up and hide beneath the gums where we can’t reach. This build up can harden and irritate your gums, causing gum disease.

Your hygienist can also help you choose the best oral care products based on their assessment.

Keeping your oral hygiene up to standard means better breath, better oral health, less dental complications and a beautiful smile all year round.
It is recommended to visit your dental hygienist at least twice a year.

Defining Teeth Cleaning

Teeth cleaning, often referred to as dental hygiene, is a fundamental process aimed at the meticulous removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. This essential procedure serves to prevent the development of cavities and gum disease.

A woman opening her mouth at the dental chair.

The Importance of Teeth Cleaning

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and clean, healthy teeth play a pivotal role in making a positive impression. Beyond aesthetics, teeth cleaning is vital for several reasons:

Preventing Tooth Decay

Regular teeth cleaning removes plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on your teeth. If not addressed, plaque can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

Fresh Breath

Oral hygiene is closely tied to fresh breath. Proper teeth cleaning eliminates odor-causing bacteria, ensuring your breath stays minty fresh.

Maintaining Healthy Gums

Gingivitis and periodontitis can be painful and lead to tooth loss. Teeth cleaning prevents these conditions by removing harmful bacteria and tartar buildup.

Methods for Effective Teeth Cleaning

Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral hygiene. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, ensuring you reach every tooth surface.


Flossing is crucial for removing food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along the gumline. Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean those hard-to-reach areas.


An antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash can be a valuable addition to your teeth cleaning routine. It helps kill bacteria and strengthen your teeth.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings are essential. Dental professionals use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing might miss.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Ultrasonic scaler used to remove plaque and debris

Ultrasonic dental cleaning is a cutting-edge dental hygiene technique that employs ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth. This technology utilizes high-frequency vibrations to dislodge and break down these deposits, making the cleaning process highly effective and efficient.

When is Ultrasonic Dental Cleaning Recommended?

Ultrasonic dental cleaning is recommended in several scenarios:

Advanced Tartar Buildup

If you have a substantial amount of tartar or stains on your teeth that require removal, ultrasonic cleaning is a suitable option.

Gum Disease Treatment

For individuals with advanced gum disease, ultrasonic cleaning, in combination with other treatments, can help alleviate the condition.

Sensitive Teeth

Ultrasonic cleaning is often preferred for those with sensitive teeth, as it's a gentler process compared to traditional manual scaling.

Routine Cleanings

In some dental practices, ultrasonic cleaning is the preferred method for routine cleanings due to its efficiency and precision.

Payment Plans

Explore your payment plan options below or reach out to our friendly team for more information. We also have received 5-star reviews on Google, which is a testament to our quality service.

Interest-Free Payment Plan Options:

  • Q Card or Q Mastercard: Ideal for treatments over $500, offering 18 months of interest-free payments. This allows you to receive the necessary treatment without an immediate financial burden.

  • Zip Interest-Free: If your treatment costs are under $800, Zip is an excellent choice. You can spread the cost over 4 fortnightly payments with no interest or additional fees.

  • WINZ Support: For those with limited income or receiving benefits, Work and Income (WINZ) can provide financial support for dental treatment. We offer quotes for you to take to WINZ, and once your treatment cost is covered, we can begin the treatment, typically within 2-3 days.

Don't let financial worries hold you back from maintaining your oral health.

Advanced Dental Hygiene

In certain cases, individuals may require a deeper level of teeth cleaning, typically necessitated by advanced gum disease or a lack of regular dental hygiene appointments. This deep cleaning procedure is known as scaling and root planing.

Scaling: Involves the removal of plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and the pockets between teeth and gums.
Root Planing:
Utilizes specialized instruments to eliminate stubborn tartar and plaque from the root surfaces of teeth.

At Auckland Family Dental, we are committed to ensuring your oral health reaches its optimal condition. Our teeth cleaning services, along with our expert guidance, will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to keep your smile radiant and your oral health exceptional.

Contact us for a consultation appointment.

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