Professional dental cleanings are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • 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. Waiting to clean your teeth for more than six months can cause build up of tartar and be more difficult to remove.
  • 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 or poisons that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease and should be addressed immediately.
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. If your teeth cannot be polished to your satisfaction, make sure you ask us about our teeth whitening special.