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Professional Dental Cleanings


Professional dental cleanings, or dental prophylaxis, are usually performed by our Registered Dental Hygienists. Your dental cleanings will include a dental exam and the following:

Removal of calculus (tartar)

Calculus and plaque are removed from your teeth during dental cleanings. 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.

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 (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing

This removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. You leave our office with a refreshed smile!

Fluoride application

Key to good oral health is fluoride, a mineral that helps prevent caries and can repair teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of the disease. The fluoride preparation used in the dental office is  a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouthrinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy.

Oral cancer screening

Dr. Richardson’s hygienists use the newest technology available, Goccles to screen you for oral cancer.  Coccles consists of special eyewear equipped with innovative optical filters used in conjunction with a curing light for oral cancer screening. Their use is simple, non-invasive and painless for early screening for oral cancer and precancerous lesions. This technique enables rapid screening in only one to two minutes of internal surface areas of oral mucosa to provide an accurate, non-invasive aid for the detection of dysplasia and malignant lesions. 

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