A professional dental cleaning performed by licensed registered dental hygienist is usually recommended twice a year. Having your teeth cleaned regularly by a professional is essential to reduce the risk of gum disease, and the formation of cavities.
Your Dental Cleaning Appointment
Your cleaning appointment will include an exam and the dental hygienist will perform the following dental cleaning procedure:
Removal of Plaque
Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to the teeth. It’s difficult to see, but plaque houses bacteria that produces toxins which cause inflammation of the gums. This inflammation leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is important to remove plaque before it has a chance to harden into tarter or calculus.
Removal of Calculus (Tartar)
Plaque that is left to remain on the teeth will harden and become calculus (tartar). Calculus forms both above and below the gum line and cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. The hygienist will use special dental instruments or an ultrasonic device to remove calculus buildup.
Polishing of TeethAfter removing plaque and tarter, the dental hygienist will polish your teeth to ensure stains and all bacteria are removed, especially along the gum line. Your teeth will feel clean and refreshed.
Personal Oral Hygiene InstructionThe dental hygienist will review the best brushing and flossing techniques, and how to reach areas that you may be missing. You’ll leave the office with home care instructions and solutions specific to your needs.
Professional dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and preventing gum disease. If gum disease is present, periodontal cleaning may be necessary instead.
Regular professional dental cleanings combined with proper daily brushing and flossing are essential for good oral hygiene.
Having your teeth cleaned regularly is essential for good oral hygiene and preventive dental care. This should be combined with good daily brushing and flossing at home. Learn more about the importance of regular dental cleaning.
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