Cleaning and Prevention

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by our Registered Dental Hygienist. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

dentist Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time 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.
dentist 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 or irritants) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
dentist Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.