Dental cleanings are performed by our registered dental hygienists and are critical component of maintaining dental health. Following your first visit, you will schedule an appointment for a cleaning. All subsequent cleanings will include a dental exam.
During the cleaning appointment, the hygienist will remove dental plaque, a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on your teeth. (If you scratch your teeth with your fingernail, the white, milky substance you see is plaque.) Plaque is made of bacteria, food debris, and saliva and produces toxins which infect and inflame the gums. If not eliminated, this inflammation can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
Plaque which has remained on your teeth for 10 days will take calcium out of your saliva and turn it into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing, flossing, and rinsing. It can only be removed by the hygienist. If left in place, tartar will cause inflammation of the gums and lead to periodontal disease.
After removing plaque and tartar, the hygienist will polish your teeth to remove any remaining plaque and stains. A fluoride application, fluoride concentrated toothpaste, chlorohexidine (to stop bleeding gums), or fluoride varnishes may be recommended.
The hygienist will educate you on how you can improve your dental health and the Doctor will recommend the length of time between scheduled cleanings, so you can stay on track toward optimal dental health.