Teeth cleaning is also known as dental hygiene. We offer a variety of dental hygiene options depending on a patient’s dental needs. Our hygienist, Cindy, is a great educator and extremely thorough. We use state-of-the-art digital Ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and tartar deposits from teeth and roots. The Ultrasonic flushes and cleanses your gum tissue. We also use hand instruments to remove any remaining fine deposits. To get your teeth shiny and white, we polish with your choice of fluoridated or non-fluoridated polish paste.
There are 4 basic types of dental hygiene appointments:
A routine prophylaxis for children or adults is considered the standard dental cleaning and typically takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
A gingivitis hygiene visit is where our hygienist focuses on improving gum health and reducing tissue inflammation. We spend a considerable amount time educating our patients on techniques to improve home care. These appointments typically take 75 minutes.
A scaling and root planing visit is where our hygienist will numb areas of your gums and teeth to remove tartar and deposits hidden under your gumline. Tooth roots are smoothed to reduce areas for bacteria to attach on to. This appointment ranges from 75 minutes to 2 hours.
A periodontal maintenance visit typically lasts an hour and is a recall appointment for patients who have gone through scaling and root planing or other periodontal therapies.