A cleaning or prophylaxis is the removal of plaque, bacteria, and tarter from the teeth. Cleanings are the recommended treatment to ensure healthy teeth and gums. During the procedure your dental hygienist will use a variety of scalers and advanced instruments to remove any build up on the teeth or under the gum tissue. Most patients will receive their cleanings every six months; however some patients need their teeth cleaned up to three or four times a year. This is determined by the recommendation of your dental hygienist and the dentist.
During the cleaning, your hygienist will evaluate your oral hygiene and give proper instruction to optimize your oral health. Hygienists will also point out an area of concern to the patient and the dentist. Patients can expect little to no discomfort during their cleaning.