Dental Cleaning and Deep Cleaning in Fairfield, CT

Getting your teeth regularly cleaned is essential for:

  • Maintaining a healthy smile
  • Keeping an infection-free smile
  • Having fresh breath
  • Avoiding gum disease

Oral hygiene is overlooked when it comes to being one of the most important factors for general health. Here at Perfect Smiles of Fairfield, our dental professionals provide dental cleaning services to patients of all ages in Fairfield, CT and the surrounding area. Our comprehensive dental cleanings involve procedures such as scaling, root planing, and polishing to give you beautiful and healthy smile in well under an hour. Learn more about these dental procedures below, and give our office a call at (203) 366-7655 to schedule an appointment today!

About Dental Cleanings: Fresh Smiles

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only 25 to 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Left untreated, plaque buildup can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Depending on the severity of plaque and tartar buildup in an individual’s mouth, a regular dental cleaning or deep cleaning may be called for. At Perfect Smiles of Fairfield, our experienced dental team proudly performs both of these procedures quickly and painlessly for patients of all ages in our Fairfield, CT office. Read on to learn more about the differences between regular cleaning and deep cleaning and their many benefits for your mouth.

No matter how good your dental hygiene may be, it is still important to get a regular dental cleaning a least twice a year. Regular dental cleanings focuses on plaque and tartar build on and above the gum line, where it can sometimes build up even in regularly brushed and flossed mouths. To keep your teeth clean, our dental professionals use specialized instruments and procedures including an intensive brush and fluoride rinse to rid your teeth of buildup. We also add extra protection to your enamel. If necessary, some scaling may be performed during a regular dental clean. Typically, the cleaning session will conclude with polishing and thorough flossing by one of our dental technicians. The result is a plaque-free, smooth, and shiny smile.

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Deep Cleaning

Sometimes, plaque and tartar buildup is severe enough that it has burrowed into the gums and begun to infect pockets around the teeth. This can lead to more severe dental problems including gingivitis and bone loss. A deep cleaning is necessary in cases of intensive plaque and tartar buildup for in and around the gum pockets. A deep cleaning involves several methods that can only be performed by a dental professional, making it essential even for those struggling with plaque and tartar buildup. These methods include scaling, root planing, and polishing, all of which are part of an essential deep cleaning for the teeth and gums. Our dental professionals here at Perfect Smiles of Fairfield have put together guide to each of these procedures below. Learn more, and schedule your deep cleaning with our team today!

Scaling and Root-Planing: Essentials of Deep Cleaning

Improper dental hygiene can often lead to infections in the teeth and gums. Plaque buildup described above houses bacteria. Infections are caused by the bacterial substances that can eat away at teeth and gums and eventually cause severe medical problems. Scaling and root planing are dental procedures used to remove the buildup of these substances and combat infection. They are an effective means of treatment for oral disease and its symptoms, including loose teeth, bloody gums, and bad breath.


Dental scaling removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line where it frequently builds up and can be difficult to reach. Our dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand using a specialized metal tool that reaches in below the gum line and in to the gum pockets where a toothbrush cannot reach. New and advanced technology has led to more modern methods of scaling. Electric scalers are good examples of tools that can supplement the use of hand scaling. Electric scaling allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. Typically, our dental professionals at Perfect Smiles of Fairfield will use both electric and manual scaling methods in combination to achieve the best results.

Root Planing

Severe plaque buildup below the gum line and in the gum pockets can agitate and enlarge the pockets, which can present structural problems for your teeth. Once scaling has been performed, root planing is then used to alleviate the damage caused by plaque and tartar. Root planing uses the same tools as scaling, but instead of using them to remove plaque and tartar, root planing smoothes the tooth root and helps the gums reattach the tooth. This process is necessary in preventing tooth loss and guarding against repeated plaque buildup below the gum line.

Polishing: The Final Step

Once routine cleaning, scaling, and root planing are finished, polishing completes a dental cleaning sessions. Thus, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up. Polishing uses a specialized brush and typically takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Afterwards, our dental professionals will typically apply fluoride to patient’s teeth to help strengthen enamel. We will then floss your teeth to remove any trace materials caught in and around your gums. The road to teeth brightening is preventative maintenance; if this is performed regularly, you needn’t worry about stains or gum related health issues.

Regular Cleaning and Deep Cleaning at Perfect Smiles of Fairfield

For over 15 years, Dr. Caroline Shenker and our team of dental assistants at Perfect Smiles of Fairfield have provided comprehensive dental cleaning services to patients of all ages in Fairfield, CT and the surrounding area. We combine our expertise with the industry’s latest technological advancements to give our patients best possible dental cleaning available today. Whether you need a regular cleaning or deep cleaning, our team is the one to call.

Other Services

Although cleaning is a large part of what we do, there are many other services we provide. Whether you need teeth implants, teeth whitening, or if your children are in need of pediatric attention – Perfect Smiles can do it all. We are focused in making sure that we are the comprehensive solution for your oral health!

To learn more about our dental cleaning services, call our Fairfield, CT office at (203) 366-7655 to schedule an appointment today!

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Family Practice
  • Owner Operated
  • Handi-Cap Accessible
  • Most Insurance Accepted
  • State of the Art Digital Technology