These types of cleanings are done at regular intervals, every 3 or 6 months, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. Also called “prophies”, these cleanings include thorough removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus), and smoothening and polishing of your teeth.
…is actually a sticky layer of bacteria, food, and saliva that sticks to your teeth and gums. The plaque cannot be simply rinsed, it needs to be actually removed through diligent oral hygiene practices, as well as by your dentist or dental hygienist. If left undisturbed for a longer time, the dental plaque hardens and turns into tartar (calculus), which in turn accumulates more plaque and the “vicious” circle is on. The plaque elicits a response from our own immune system, leading to bone loss and in more severe cases to tooth loss which could require tooth replacement or tooth implant.
When indicated, fluorides are applied to your teeth, in order to strengthen your teeth and help prevent incidence of tooth decay. This is a painless treatment and is done quickly in office.
Brushing and flossing your teeth seems like a no brainer, right? However, we are all different and one size does not fit all when it comes to tools to maintain your gums and teeth healthy. Our dental hygiene team members are trained and skilled in providing you with oral hygiene instructions specific for your own mouth, gum and teeth. Our oral hygiene kits we provide for you are of highest quality, family dentistry designed to help you maintain your teeth and gums on a daily basis.