Professional Dental Cleaning
A professional dental cleaning or dental prophylaxis is usually performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist. Your cleaning appointment will include the following:
- Removal of plaque, a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. Plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation can be the start of periodontal disease!
- Removal of calculus or tartar, a hardened plaque that has been left on the teeth for sometime 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.
- Teeth polishing removes stain and plaque that is not removed during routine tooth brushing and scaling.
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