Dental Hygiene – What is it?
Dental hygiene is a highly recommended service to maintain the health of your gums and teeth. This is an important routine procedure best performed by dental hygienists.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Our teeth cleaning services are provided by highly qualified, and fully certified dental hygienists. Your appointment may include teeth scaling and root planing by hand and/or ultrasonic instruments, teeth polishing, and fluoride treatment. Most of our patients are on a routine bi-annual “Re-Care Schedule”, which means they will have their teeth cleaned twice per year.
Can I Get My Teeth Cleaned More Often?
The frequency of your teeth cleanings may be increased. The cost of your dental hygiene visit is based on the time, and procedures required.
Dental Hygiene services
Who can get gum disease?
What Is Non-Surgical Gum Therapy?
Gum disease (gingivitis or periodontal disease) is a serious condition that may need aggressive treatment. We understand the importance of proper oral hygiene and also provide non-surgical gum therapy. We may also suggest non-surgical gum therapy, or refer you to a gum specialist (periodontist).
Professional Dental Cleanings
During your cleaning, our dental hygienists will remove the plaque and tartar from the affected areas of your teeth. If we find signs of gum disease, then we may recommend professional dental cleaning up to 4 times per year.
Tooth Scaling And Root Planning
This is a nonsurgical, deep cleaning procedure. In this procedure we sometimes use a local anesthetic, to comfortably allow for tartar and plaque removal from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on the tooth root are smoothed (planning).
The purpose of smoothing the rough spots on the tooth/teeth is to remove bacteria and offer a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth. Root planning and scaling are done when we determine that you have calculus and plaque under the gums that need to be removed.
What if Tooth Scaling And Root Planning aren’t enough?
If these treatments don’t adequately address your gum problem, we can use a more extensive procedure like curettage. We provide conservative non-surgical and safe periodontal therapy.
Some of the symptoms and signs of developing periodontal disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Swollen, red or bleeding gums
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Constant bad breath
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Pus around the teeth and gums
- Discomfort and tenderness
Free Teeth Whitening With Regular Checkups
Did you know we offer a free professional custom teeth whitening kit for all regular patients of Smiles Dental Group? Not only do we like keeping your teeth clean, a whiter smile is a better smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Having no cavities is great, going to your regular checkups can help you stay cavity-free! Prevention is the best form of oral defense!
You should definitely go at least 2 times a year.
Having your teeth examined regularly by a dental professional is essential for maintaining good oral health. At Smiles Dental Group we have a friendly and talented team ready to help you achieve your oral health goals. We also offer a free professional custom teeth whitening kit for all our regular patients! Don’t forget, our fees are ALWAYS below the Alberta Dental Fee Guide.