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Professional Dental Cleaning

The technical term for dental cleaning is prophylaxis and the process involves removing stains and calculus (tarter) from your teeth, especially from areas that are difficult for your toothbrush to reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth.

Prophylaxis

Any action taken to prevent disease, especially by specified means or against a specified disease.

Plaque

Plaque is formed as a result of bacteria that naturally reside in the mouth and form a soft, sticky mass.

Dental cleaning is ideally performed every 3 to 6 months and it is highly advisable to have one performed at least once a year.

Diligent oral hygiene involving brushing and flossing helps to remove plaque however, minerals from saliva are gradually absorbed into the plaque and cause it to harden into calculus, better known as tarter. As tarter accumulates, larger plaque deposits begin to form in areas that are beyond the reach of a toothbrush. When this occurs, brushing and flossing is no longer sufficient and professional cleaning is required.

If you are due for a routine dental cleaning, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.