Dental Cleanings and Oral Hygiene
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by Laurie, our courteous and knowledgeable registered dental hygienist. In addition to a complete dental exam and oral cancer screening, a cleaning appointment includes the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that accumulates on the tooth surface both above and 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, and 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 and traces of plaque that remain on the teeth so you can enjoy that “just left the dentist” clean feeling.
Laurie is a specialist with years of experience in performing professional dental cleanings and exams. She will give you detailed instructions on how to maintain a healthy smile, no matter your condition. She will recommend an individualized schedule of check-ups depending on your dental needs.
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