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Dental cleaning

This is the non-technical term used for professional oral hygiene that encompasses the removal of hard and soft deposits from the teeth and an oral prophylaxis to polish them. It is important to have a dental cleaning performed by a dentist or hygienist on a regular basis to ensure continuous maintenance and good health of the gums. A complete dental examination is usually carried out during the same visit, when X-rays may also be taken for diagnostic purposes.

Depending on the extent of tartar deposits, a dental cleaning may include up to four different procedures as follows:

  • Scaling:

    This is the removal of all hard deposits from the root surfaces.

  • Root Planing:

    Once the hard deposits are removed, the root surface is treated in order for the gum to heal.

  • Polishing:

    A fine paste is used to remove the stains and buff the teeth.

  • Fluoride treatment:

    This is a gel that is applied to the teeth in order to control dental decay.

Dental Check Ups

Generally our clients are seen every six months for a hygiene appointment and examination, although individual requirements vary. Some clients may need routine visits on a three-month basis and others on a six-month basis. Our office extends you the courtesy of contacting you when it is time for your routine visit.