Exams and Hygiene
Examinations and Hygiene Services
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling your teeth involves the removal of plaque, calculus and biofilm from the surface of your teeth. This is usually accomplished using a variety of hand tools and ultrasonic instruments with the help of a cavitron.
Hand tools and ultrasonic instruments can be equally effective. Using the appropriate instruments your hygienist will be able to safely and efficiently clean your teeth while striving to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
Root Planing is the process of using hand tools to smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. Smooth roots equate to a slower build-up and weaker attachment of future calculus deposits. This in turn with reduces future treatment time and expense. Root planing is also useful in keeping your gums healthier and preventing further recession and sensitivity.
Polishing is the process of using a mechanical rubber cup and a fine grit flavoured paste to gently and quickly remove surface stains and plaque from your teeth. Polishing can be done at any stage during your cleaning, but most frequently occurs near the end of your hygiene visit, just prior to fluoride application.
Fluoride Application is recommended after dental cleanings for everyone that is able to follow instructions to avoid ingestion. Fluoride is a natural mineral that is useful in the prevention and reversal of early tooth decay. Fluoride application is usually the final procedure at a hygiene appointment as it can best be absorbed by your teeth when they are free from debris and biofilm. Application of fluoride is done using soft trays and a flavoured foam containing the fluoride, or through a fluoride rinse. Your dental health care provider will help you choose the best type of application for you.