Our team focuses on examining patients for signs of oral diseases and carrying out professional teeth cleaning to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
Regular dental cleaning by your hygienist is one of the most effective ways to ward off or treat gum diseases before it progresses to a more severe case of gum infection (periodontitis). Your hygienist are experts in cleaning between your gums and the teeth, removing plaque and hard calculus (tartar) that are not removed by brushing and flossing alone.
What happens on your first dental hygiene appointment?
After your medical history is reviewed, you and your
hygienist will discuss any concerns before the cleaning begins.
A head and neck exam is performed to check for inflammation.
Gingival health is evaluated and will determine whether you
need a comprehensive cleaning, a debridement or a deep cleaning
(root planning). During the cleaning, your hygienist will use
ultrasonic scaling, hand scaling, flossing, polish and airflow.
What is the difference between debridement and root planning?
Debridement is the removal of heavy, hard calculus
(tartar). Root planning is cleaning between the gum and the
teeth, down to the root surface (pocket).
Why do other patients require root planning?
Root planning or deep cleaning is required when a patient
has deep pockets (space between gums and teeth) and harmful
bacteria and calculus build up on their root surfaces, causing
periodontal (gum) disease. Sometimes, local anaesthesia is
given before the deep cleaning.
Will I get fluoride application after my hygiene visit?
Not everyone requires fluoride treatment. Your hygienist
will assess you and apply fluoride as necessary.
How often should I see my dental hygienist?
It is recommended that you get dental cleaning every six
months. Patients who are highly prone to periodontal disease
may be advised to see their hygienists more frequently.