Professional dental hygiene (dental prophylaxis) are performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your hygiene appointment will include the following:
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 (gingivitis).
Removal of Calculus (tartar)
Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth 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 by a registered dental hygienist.
Remove stains and plaque that are not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Diet counseling in the dental practice focuses on reducing oral risks from diet and promoting good nutrition for health.