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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!

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