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:
- Scaling in the presence of Gingival Inflammation (gingivitis)
- Periodontal Maintenance
- Scaling and Root Planing (periodontitis)
What to Expect
During a dental cleaning (oral prophylaxis), we use specialized instruments to remove biofilm, plaque, calculus ("tarter"), food debris, and harmful bacteria from your teeth. This helps to promote healthy gums, bone, and teeth, reducing local and systemic inflammation and improving overall health.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. When there is deeper infection and inflammation of the supporting periodontium (gum and bone surrounding the teeth), we numb the areas being cleaned. The removal of harmful irritants helps the gum tissues to heal and reattach to smooth, clean surfaces.
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