Dental Hygiene is not just “teeth cleaning”, but the practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy to prevent disease.
Routine Cleaning – A routine cleaning (prophylaxis) focuses on preventive dental care and the maintenance of healthy teeth and oral tissues by the removal of calculus, plaque, and common stains. Typically performed twice a year by a Registered Dental Hygienist, your “prophy” is completed in one appointment. At this appointment you’ll likely have an examination performed by the dentist and dental x-rays may be used to identify tooth decay and bone loss. Catching tooth decay early is critical to preventing more severe dental concerns. The dentist is able to perform an oral cancer screening, evaluate the risk of periodontal disease and often spot signs of medical problems like diabetes and kidney problems.
Periodontal Therapy will be recommended if signs of periodontal disease are identified at your routine dental visit.