Professional dental cleanings (prophylaxis) involve the removal of dental plaque and calculus (aka tartar) from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and flossing, however only a professional dental cleaning can remove hardened deposits once they have formed. After all the calculus is removed, teeth are then polished to prevent future accumulation of plaque and calculus. This process involves both the use of hand instruments and ultrasonic technology. Another very important element of any professional cleaning is personalized oral hygiene instructions. We will customize our instructions to you depending on your specific needs.
Professional dental cleanings and oral exams are meant to be preventative in nature, helping patients avoid such problems as decay, gum disease, and infection or catching these problems early before they progress to more advanced stages. An oral cancer screening is also performed during the doctor's exam. Visiting your dental hygienist and dentist at least twice a year is recommended to maintain the health of your teeth, gums and mouth.
Metropolitan Square Dental Care's registered dental hygienists are gentle and thorough! Most dental insurance plans cover two cleanings per year. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!