Total Oral Hygiene

Learn now, benefit later.

During a dental appointment, our hygienists typically remove soft and hard deposits from the patient's teeth; examines the gums and teeth to discern the presence of disease or oral abnormality; and strips the teeth of calculus (tartar), stains and plaque. A dental hygienist often performs root planing (a type of periodontal therapy), takes x-rays and applies cavity-deterring agents (fluoride or sealants).

Our dental hygienists help educate patients on how to establish and maintain suitable oral hygiene, often with the aid of teeth models to give the patient a visual sense. Your hygienist will leave you with a good understanding of proper brushing habits and the relationship between diet and oral health.

Tip of the day

When you brush, you should keep the bristles angled against the gumline and brush along the gumline and the inner and outer surfaces of each tooth. You should finish by brushing your tongue, which helps remove bacteria from your mouth.

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