Dental cleaning is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity healthy and preventing tooth loss. Your hygiene appointment involves an oral examination and thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums.
We recommend dental cleaning twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for moderate to advanced gum disease. Please understand gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental cleaning is one of the tools Dr. Maralani and Dr. Simonsky can use to effectively halt its progression.
The benefits of your hygiene appointment include:
- Plaque and Tarter removal. Plaque and tartar (also referred to as calculus), both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Your hygienist will polish your teeth removing these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is often indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and gum infection results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
- Gum screening and recording. The hygiene team will measure any gum loss (recession) and attachment loss (pockets) and record it in your digital chart. Then in about a year we re-measure to see if your gum disease is under control. This is the standard of care in our office and it is the only way to evaluate if your individual preventive hygiene program is working