Dental cleaning or prophylaxis means the "removal of dental plaque, dental calculus, and stains from the exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth by scaling and polishing as a preventive measure for the control of local irritants.
This is what our Registered Dental Hygienist is doing during your professional dental cleaning.Plaque, tartar above and below the gum line are removed by scaling the teeth. This is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Scaling can be done using hand instruments and ultrasonic scaler.
Stains on your enamel , such as those caused by coffee, tea, red wine, berries and smoking, are removed simply by polishing.
After cleaning is completed some patients are given fluoride rinse. It is a selective procedure and it helps to prevent enamel sensitivity and reduce caries risk in patient who are prone to cavities.
As a part of dental check up you also get a full set of X-rays to ensure that you don't have any decayed teeth.
If there are dental cavities present, your dentist will usually correct any and all dental problems he or she finds. The two of you will decide upon a dental treatment plan together.