It is recommended to see your dentist at least twice a year. During your first visit at the doctor's office, he/she examines your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems. If there are no signs of gum disease, a routine dental cleaning is performed to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of food and bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth. If there are signs of gum disease, deep cleaning is advised.
Another name for routine dental cleaning is prophylaxis or "prophy". Deep cleaning is often called "Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)".
Even with proper daily brushing and flossing, still some plaque remains on your teeth and hardens to become tartar. Tartar can be removed effectively only with a professional cleaning. The main cause of tooth decay is plaque and tartar.
Variety of instruments are carefully used to remove all the plaque and tartar above and below the gum-line. These instruments may include different kinds of hand and ultrasonic scalers, as well as flossing aids. Stains are removed by polishing instruments during the cleaning visit.
With regular dental cleanings, we can help you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.