Maintain Your Smile with Teeth Cleaning!
The happy, healthy mouth feeling you get after a good teeth cleaning is invaluable. Visiting a dental professional at least twice a year is an important part of your oral hygiene regimen. Professional teeth cleaning removes the tartar you just can’t get to at home, and regular exams will ensure your teeth and mouth are in good health.
Proper home care is the first step in maintaining oral health – brushing, flossing, drinking plenty of water. Professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need will help with the deeper cleaning and oral health. These visits, referred to as “dental prophylaxis”, are performed by a board certified dental hygienist whose training specializes in keeping patients maintained in optimum oral health. Our dental hygienist carefully removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from those hard to reach areas and teaches and encourages proper preventive home care techniques.
Visits at least every six months helps to insure that gum health (Periodontal) is maintained. During these visits, Dr. Neal also performs an exam of the entire mouth to insure that oral health is properly maintained
During preventative exams, our professionals look for tooth decay and gum disease so that they can be diagnosed before they advance to a worsened state.
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.
Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.