Professional Dental Cleaning
You'll love the way your smile feels after a thorough teeth cleaning from our trained professional hygienist. The hygienist is very gentle and uses hand scaling and latest ultrasonic technology so your teeth feel squeaky clean for days after. The hygienist will also show you how to maintain your smile with brushing and flossing at home.
If it has been a while since your last professional teeth cleaning you may need a deep cleaning (also referred to as scaling and root planning). This procedure is done under local numbing medicine and may be completed over two visits. The hygienist numb your gums to make the procedure more comfortable as we will need to clean beneath your gums. A deep cleaning will help restore health to your teeth and gums.
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.
Lisa is our in house hygienist and has been with the practice for 6 years.
Originally from the UK, Lisa completed her dental hygiene qualifications at the University of Otago. Her primary focus is maintaining the health of the gums and surrounding tissues.
Periodontal (GUM) disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gingivitis and Periodontal disease both begin with inflammation caused by the bacteria in dental plaque.
If you are suffering from either of these conditions, bleeding when brushing or flossing maybe one of the first warning signs.
If you have noticed this or redness of the gums, make an appointment so Lisa can assess the health of your mouth.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your cleaning appointment will include the following:
- Discussion about any concerns you are having
- A thorough examination of the gums
- Removal of calculus (tartar): 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!
- Individualized homecare advice on how to keep the teeth and gums healthy
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.