Dental Cleaning and Hygiene

Dental Cleaning and Hygiene

The professional dental cleaning is sometimes referred to as dental prophylaxis. The primary function of a dental cleaning is the prevention of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Regular dental cleanings are the cornerstone for a lifetime of dental health. Many patients also undergo a comprehensive dental exam in the same appointment.
At East Village Dental, our regular checkup and cleaning services include:

Cleaning and Oral Examinations

During your cleaning appointment, you can expect your dental care professional to scale and polish your teeth and follow up these procedures with fluoride as an extra means of protection. For those in early stages of gum disease, periodontal therapy can play a critical role in helping to prevent tooth loss.

Among the tools we utilize to help remove calculus and tooth stains most effectively are ultrasonics and piezo instruments. We also use sealants when working with children’s teeth to help keep the teeth from decaying.

During your dental cleaning appointment, you can expect the following to occur:
  • Removal of tartar both above and below the gum line
  • Removal of plaque on the teeth that can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease
  • Tooth polishing to remove tooth stains and remaining plaque
Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in soil, water, and various foods. Fluoride works by strengthening the tooth enamel, making teeth stronger and more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. All people ingest fluoride, to some extent, on a daily basis. In addition to this, approximately 40% of Canadians receive fluoride in their community water supply. Though most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

  • Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Inadequate exposure to fluoride
  • Poor saliva flow due to medical treatments, conditions, or medications
  • A history of dental decay
Closeup Inspection with Intraoral Camera

The use of an intraoral camera allows your dental cleaning appointment to become an interactive experience. Through the use of this new technology, you are able to view your teeth and each aspect of the cleaning process to become better acquainted with your oral health needs.

The intraoral camera is very small and is placed in the mouth through the use of a wand. The images captured by the camera are then enlarged and displayed on a large monitor to allow you and the dentist to be able to see your teeth clearly to spot any hard-to-detect issues early on.

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