Professional Cleanings


Professional cleanings (dental prophylaxis) performed by a certified dental hygienist form the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. In a professional cleaning, your hygienist will:

  • Remove plaque from the teeth – Plaque is a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Remove calculus (tarter) above the gum line – Calculus is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. (Calculus below the gum line indicates gum disease and requires a different procedure to remove it.)
  • Polish and remove stains from teeth.
  • Apply sealants (if needed) to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
  • Provide nutritional counseling (in regards to your own health) and educate/instruct the patient on proper oral hygiene techniques.
  • Administer fluoride treatments (for children and adolescents) to strengthen enamel and prevent decay.

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While we continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 in our area, we are adhering to the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association by postponing all nonessential procedures. Therefore, no hygiene appointments will be performed at this time. We will continue to assess things daily and will continue to perform essential services for our patients.
Please feel free to call the office with any questions.

Sincerely,
The Longleaf Dental Family