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If you have an urgent dental concern or dental emergency, please call (217) 246-6296 for the time being.
Hastings Dental Clinic
Hastings Dental Clinic Shelbyville, Illinois
A child in a dentistry-themed parade float The Hastings family at the dental office A group around a dentistry-themed parade float A Halloween presentation at the dentist's office Dr. Myles Hastings giving a training

Dental Cleaning

service_cleaning.jpgA dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only between 30 and 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar.

Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both electric and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.