Your professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) will be performed by a courteous & knowledgeable registered dental hygienist. In addition to a complete dental exam, your cleaning appointment will include the following:
• Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that accumulates on the tooth surface both above & below the gum line. Tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments.
• Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, colorless film consisting of living bacteria, food debris & saliva. Unless plaque is removed, the bacteria will produce toxins (poisons) that can inflame the gums, leading to periodontal (gum) disease.
• Teeth polishing: Gentle professional polishing removes stains & traces of plaque that remain on the teeth so you can enjoy that “just left the dentist” clean feeling.
Dr. Smith & his dental hygienists are specialists with years of experience performing professional dental cleanings & exams. We will be pleased to give you instructions for how to keep your smile healthy. As always, good oral hygiene practices & regular dental visits are recommended following your dental cleaning.