Type & Frequency

We prescribe the appropriate type and frequency of hygiene therapy based on your individualized needs, considering your gum and bone health, risk for cavities, medical history, dry mouth, and more. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Prophylaxis
  • Scaling in the presence of Gingival Inflammation (gingivitis)
  • Periodontal Maintenance
  • Scaling and Root Planing (periodontitis)

What to Expect

A dental cleaning, also known as oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. An ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.

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Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth roots after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.

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