Regular visits to the dentist are a very important part of maintaining your oral health.
The dental hygienist will identify and remove plaque and calculus with various dental instruments and teeth will be polished to remove stain and to help minimize future buildup.
Generally, we recommend a professional teeth cleaning twice annually as a preventative measure, but may be recommended every 3-4 months for some patients. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis (professional dental cleaning) is one of the tools Dr. Callstrom can use to effectively halt its progression. Patients with more periodontal disease activity may need a different type of cleaning. Good daily oral hygiene habits by the patient are still the most important factor in our gum tissue health.
Periodontal (gum tissue) health can vary form one patient to another. Treating each appropriately is very important. There are at least four types of dental “cleaning’ procedures; each is used for particular circumstances and severity of periodontal disease activity or progression. The most common type of dental cleaning is called prophylaxis; it is a routine, basic procedure performed to clean a patients teeth who has minimal plaque and calculus accumulation. This procedure is used most on patients with gingivitis and is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis toward periodontal disease.
Other types of cleanings are actually periodontal treatments. Examples are:
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