Professional Dental Cleaning
Our Red Deer Dentists or Registered Dental Hygienists will perform dental cleanings for you or your family in order to remove calculus (tartar) and plaque. The examination will also include fluoride treatment and teeth polishing treatment if required. During dental hygiene appointments, the dental hygienist typically conducts the procedure, ensuring to effectively check-up on the following:
1. Removal of calculus (tartar buildup): The dentist or hygienist in Red Deer will remove tartar buildup which is formed by existing plaque. This happens when it has remained on certain teeth for a long enough period of time to cause it to harden and firmly bond, causing potential future complications. Calculus accumulates above and below the gum lines and can only be removed using certain dental instruments.
2.Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky and scarcely visible film that forms over teeth. It is a living deposit of bacterial culture, food particles, and saliva. The bacteria release toxins and typically causes inflammation in the gums. Inflammation is a symptom in the onset of advanced periodontal disease.
3. Teeth polishing: Removal of dark stains and plaque build-up that cannot be removed simply by uniquely using scaling techniques, let alone by just brushing your teeth at home.
4. Topical fluoride treatment: fluoride is a recommended way to help treat tooth decay. Fluoride interacts with enamel, helping to protect teeth from dental decay, while also providing additional strength to the areas where teeth’s enamel has begun eroding. Fluoride is a mineral that is found to be naturally present in many foods and water supplies and is also proven to protect teeth from cavities. Many kinds of toothpaste and mouth rinses contain some fluoride, however, we recommend a more thorough application of fluoride during your dental cleanings, as it benefits our patient’s long-term oral health.
Please note: For young children not requiring calculus removal, a dental assistant may carry out the cleaning.