Professional Cleanings


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.

We cannot express enough how important it is to see your dentist regularly.

Remember, preventing disease is always better than treating disease.