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Teeth Cleaning: Preparation, Process, Advantages & Cost

Every Smile Dentistry provides professional Dental Care to make your smile look its best. We want you to be happy with your smile, so we are dedicated to making sure that your dental results are natural-looking, life-changing and long-lasting.

Patient-Centered Care

Tailored, comfortable dental services for every individual smile.

All Medical Aids Welcome

Quality dental care made accessible by accepting all medical aids.

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Exceptional care at honest prices, ensuring value for every patient.

Providing Quality General Dentistry with Experienced Doctors

Get a dental health checkup with a dentist that has your best interest in mind and offers fair rates.

1. Book An Appointment

Visit our website and book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

2. Come In For A Consultation

Our team will sit down with you and discuss your dental needs and goals.

3. Get The Perfect Smile

We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that will get you the perfect smile.

All You Need To Know About Teeth Cleaning

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Tooth cleanings are dreaded by many people. It’s simple to see their concern given the poking, unusual noises, and sporadically uncomfortable jaw. However, tooth cleaning is usually quick and painless.

You can reduce your stress and enjoy the minty-fresh outcomes more if you are fully aware of the procedure as it unfolds.

Knowing exactly what happens during the process can help you relieve stress and better enjoy the minty results.

What Is Teeth Cleaning?

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Teeth cleaning is the process of removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. 

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on the teeth, which can cause gum disease, tooth decay and other dental problems. 

Plaque also contains bacteria that can cause bad breath or even tooth loss.

Tooth cleaning can be done in several ways: 

  1. Dental scaling and polishing: Scales are used to remove plaque from your teeth. Scales are effective but may not be as effective as other methods of cleaning.
  2. In-office scaling and polishing: In this method, a dentist uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This method is less invasive than taking care of your own teeth at home, but it still involves some risk because you need to wear protective gear while using the ultrasonic device. 
  3. Dentist’s office appointment: If you want to avoid any risks associated with home cleaning methods but still want to get rid of plaque and tartar on your own teeth, you can schedule an appointment at the dentist’s office for a professional cleaning treatment involving ultrasonic scalers or other instruments used by dentists.

Steps To Take When Preparing For A Teeth Cleaning

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  1. The first step is to schedule teeth cleaning appointment at your local dentist. If you would like you can start off by having an oral examination done. This will help you get an idea of how much time your appointment will take, and make sure you have enough time to get there and back on your schedule.
  2. Once you’ve booked your appointment, make sure to bring in any prescription medication or supplements that you’re taking. If you have any questions about this, ask the front desk staff at your location before going into the appointment so they can answer any questions that may come up during the appointment.
  3. Make sure to eat a light meal before heading to your appointment! Some dentists recommend eating something small like toast or a piece of fruit beforehand because it helps reduce swelling after procedures such as extractions or fillings are completed; however, if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, don’t worry about it! Just try not to eat anything too heavy before arriving at the dentist as it may make oral surgery more difficult for them (and for yourself).

Teeth Cleaning Step-By-Step Process

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A complete Routine Dental Check-up and Exam includes: 

    1. First, there is a physical exam. The dentist uses an instrument called a dental explorer to look for hidden cavities, gum problems, and other issues.
    2.  Next, plaque is removed from teeth using an ultrasonic scaler or dental handpiece. This tool uses sound waves to break down plaque and remove it from the surface of teeth.
    3. Then the dentist will brush with a gritty toothpaste to remove any remaining plaque and polish teeth to help prevent future build-up.
    4. Next, expert flossing will be performed by your dentist, who will clean between teeth that are difficult to reach with regular flossing tools.
    5. Finally, you’ll rinse with water and apply fluoride treatment as needed to help strengthen enamel and prevent decay in the future.

Advantages Of Getting Your Teeth Cleaned

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There are many advantages to having your teeth cleaned at the dentist. Here are some of the most important ones:

  1. Cleaning your teeth can help prevent cavities in your mouth, which are very painful and expensive to fix. By having your teeth cleaned regularly, you can avoid getting cavities and save yourself some money in the long run.
  2. Cleaning your teeth is also important for making sure that you have healthy gums and good breath. Having healthy gums means that you won’t get infections or even diseases from plaque buildup on your teeth, which would be bad for your overall health! 
  3. Having clean teeth also helps keep them strong and healthy for longer periods of time because plaque bacteria can build up on tooth enamel over time if it isn’t removed regularly enough by brushing and flossing regularly (which we’ll teach you how to do here).
  4. Cleaning your teeth will also help prevent decay from developing in between your teeth or inside them if left untreated for too long by allowing bad bacteria access into areas where they shouldn’t be able to go!

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Teeth Cleaning Before and after

Tooth Cleaning Cost

Cleaning your teeth is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. 

It can be hard to stay on top of it, though—especially when you’re busy with work, family, and other commitments. 

That’s why we offer affordable teeth cleaning services at Every Smile Dentistry with pricing that surpasses all other practices in South Africa.

Our most affordable option starts at R600 and goes up to R800, depending on the number of teeth to be cleaned and the type of cleaning desired.

We are available during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or by appointment on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

You can anticipate having clean teeth, fresh breath, and a pleasing smile after your dental cleaning. Dental cleanings are painless and often last under an hour. 

In order to remove bacteria biofilm on and between your teeth, our dentist will first scrape off any plaque from your teeth before cleaning and polishing them. 

If it appears that your teeth are more likely to develop dental decay, we might also administer a fluoride treatment.

Children and adults should have a professional teeth cleaning and exam twice a year, according to the South African Dental Association. 

Patients who have a history of periodontal disease or another oral ailment or disease that recurs may need more regular treatments.

You should clean your teeth after every meal, before bed, and in the morning. Additionally, you ought to use an antibacterial mouthwash and floss every day.

By doing this between dental cleanings, you can maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Never use hard-bristled toothbrushes since they might make your teeth sensitive and encourage bleeding gums.

Instead, replace your toothbrush every two to three months. Contact our dentist if you’re hurting your teeth. Waiting could worsen the situation, and early treatment is always simpler, less intrusive, and more affordable.

Dental cleanings maintain your teeth and gums healthy and clean, and they prevent the need for future, expensive dental surgeries.


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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
hildah nhlekohildah nhleko
09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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