No matter how often you brush and floss your teeth, they are constantly accumulating plaque and tartar due to the natural processes of the mouth. If these processes go unchecked they will create an environment that is conducive to bacteria growth and that can lead to cavities, gum disease and a number of other dental problems. The good news is getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis can help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar while keeping your smile looking the best it can. So what does our staff do when we clean your teeth? Our dental hygienists are professionally trained and have years of experience in this process that includes a variety of techniques. An ultrasonic instrument helps loosen tartar using high-speed vibrations while simultaneously spraying water; most patients will find this causes a slight tickling sensation. Next, our staff uses specialized hand instruments that allow them to clean each tooth individually and look for problems such as tooth decay, gum swelling and other potentially harmful signs. After your teeth have their plaque and tartar removed we polish them with a polishing paste that can also create a tickling sensation. Typically we recommend you undergo the cleaning process twice a year but we always tailor the cleaning frequency to your individual needs.
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