Cleanings in Federal Way, WA

Cleanings in Federal Way, WA


At Sunrise Dental of Federal Way, we perform dental cleanings to remove built-up plaque and tartar from the teeth and along the gumline and promote dental health. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly. Tartar is hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone and requires professional cleaning.  

Regular dental cleanings allow dental professionals to identify early signs of dental problems. They can detect tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral health issues in their early stages when they are easier to treat and manage. It's generally recommended to have dental cleanings every six months, although the frequency may vary depending on individual oral health needs. Some individuals with specific oral health conditions or higher risk factors may require more frequent cleaning.

The Dental Cleaning Procedure

Before the cleaning, the dental hygienist or dentist in Federal Way, WA will examine your teeth and gums. They will check for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or other dental issues. Using a small, handheld instrument called a scaler or an ultrasonic scaler, the dental professional will carefully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and along the gumline. The scaler is used to gently scrape off the buildup of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces.

After the plaque and tartar are removed, the dental professional will use a rotating rubber cup or brush with a special polishing paste to polish the teeth. This helps to remove any remaining stains and leaves the tooth surfaces smooth and shiny. The dental professional will floss between your teeth to remove any plaque or debris accumulated in the interdental spaces. This step helps to ensure thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces.

The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

Promote a Healthy Smile

Regular dental cleanings and good at-home oral hygiene practices contribute to a healthy and attractive smile. Cleanings help keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition, allowing you to enjoy a confident smile and better oral health.


Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease

Plaque and tartar buildup along the gumline can lead to gum inflammation and infection, known as gum disease or periodontal disease. Regular dental cleanings help remove these harmful substances, reducing the risk of gum disease and its associated complications, such as gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Prevent Stains and Enhance the Smile

Dental cleanings also include polishing, which helps remove surface stains caused by foods, beverages, and habits like smoking. By removing these stains, cleanings can help whiten and brighten your smile, enhancing its appearance.

Regular dental cleanings and consistent oral hygiene contribute to a healthy and beautiful smile. For the best dental treatment customized for your particular needs, visit Sunrise Dental of Federal Way at 33600 6th Ave S #102, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 838-3232.


33600 6th Ave S #102,
Federal Way, WA 98003

Office Hours


TUE - FRI9:00 am - 6:00 pm

SAT9:00 am - 3:00 pm