Dental cleanings are done to remove plaque and tartar on the tooth surfaces above your gumline and prevent periodontal (gum) disease. At your cleaning appointment, one of our talented dental hygienists will gently remove any buildup, then polish and floss your teeth. Dr. Holwager will then perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, check your existing dental work, examine any x-rays taken and complete an oral cancer screening. Individual examinations and regular cleanings help to detect problems early on before they become expensive or painful. Dr. Holwager will review any findings and recommend appropriate treatment on an individualized basis.