Routine cleanings by a dental hygienist should be part of any preventative dental care regimen. Such cleanings can get to tight spots that you might miss, even if you know the proper way to brush and floss. Routine cleanings help with cavity prevention and give the dentist a chance to notice trouble spots before they can become painful and expensive dental problems. The American Dental Association recommends that you have a routine teeth cleaning by a dental professional every three to six months, depending on your risk factors. These factors include smoking, heavy alcohol use, certain diseases (such as diabetes), some medications (like anti-convulsants), or having a weakened immune system. During a routine cleaning at our office, the dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove any plaque and tartar build up as well as remove stains that may be present on your teeth. Finally she will polish your teeth with the Prophy Jet to make them shiny and clean.