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Teeth Cleaning

Eugenia Prokopets, DDS, MSD

Periodontist located in Chevy Chase, MD

Seeing Eugenia Prokopets, DDS, MSD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for professional teeth cleaning at least once a year is as important to your dental health as brushing and flossing daily. For a brighter smile and improved overall oral health, call or make an appointment online today for simple, painless teeth cleanings. We serve the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia region.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What happens during teeth cleaning?

Dr. Prokopets takes a number of steps during your teeth cleaning:

Physical exam

Before your teeth cleaning begins, Dr. Prokopets performs a physical exam of your entire mouth. Using a small mirror and X-rays, Dr. Prokopets looks for signs of gingivitis, deep pockets and other oral health concerns.

Plaque and tartar removal

Tartar forms when the plaque that daily brushing and flossing leave behind hardens. Dr. Prokopets uses an instrument called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from in between your teeth and along your gum line.

Gritty toothpaste cleaning

Once Dr. Prokopets completes the tartar and removal process, she uses a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric brush to remove any remaining tartar and give your mouth a deep clean. The gritty consistency of the toothpaste allows it to gently scrub your teeth.


Even if you floss regularly at home, nothing compares to an expert flossing session done by Dr. Prokopets. She will first begin with an assessment of your flossing technique and make changes if necessary. She gets deep in between your teeth and locates potential trouble spots. Professional flossing also removes any leftover plaque or toothpaste from earlier in the cleaning process.

Why should I have teeth cleaning done?

In addition to brightening your smile, professional teeth cleaning is vital for several reasons:

  • Cavity prevention
  • Reduction of gum disease and tooth loss
  • Reduction of stain and tartar build-up
  • Better access to deep pockets
  • Periodontal condition assessment
  • Fresh breath

This visit to the dentist also helps improve your overall health: regular dental cleanings lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, and routine oral exams are an opportunity to detect many medical conditions in their early stages.

How often should you have teeth cleaning performed?

The American Dental Association recommends having at least two professional teeth cleanings a year, but you should discuss frequency with Dr. Prokopets because your oral and physical health often affect frequency recommendations.

Typically, periodontal disease requires a higher frequency of teeth cleaning to help prevent recurrence. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease most often your frequency will be every 3 months, alternating with your general dentist.

To improve your oral and overall health with teeth cleaning, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Eugenia Prokopets in Chevy Chase, Maryland.