Professional dental cleanings are generally performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. In addition to a dental exam, your professional dental cleaning appointment will include:
- Removal of tartar: Tartar is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. It forms both above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, nearly invisible film that forms on the teeth and is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. If plaque is left on the teeth for too long, it can erode the teeth and cause tooth decay and cavities.
- Polishing of teeth: This removes stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.