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Routine cleaning removes harmful bacteria and stains and ensures you can enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. During the cleaning process, we scale and clean the teeth, removing plaque and tartar. The teeth are then polished with a prophylaxis paste and we may do a fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth from dental decay and cavities. 


Often a routine cleaning is preceded by a comprehensive 6 month examination.


A comprehensive dental exam will be performed at your initial dental visit. It is also done at regular check-up exams and will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.

  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.


Your cleaning appointment will usually include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is a hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria and food debris. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

  • Teeth polishing: Removes stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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