Dental Hygiene

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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is a highly recommended service to maintain the health of your gums and teeth, it is an important routine procedure best performed by dental hygienists.

How Much Should i See A Dental Hygienist?

Our patients see our registered dental hygienists for a cleaning (two times a year),  also known as their “Re-Care Schedule”. At Smiles Dental Group, we highly recommend getting your teeth checked out at least once every 6 months (or twice a year) as a minimum.

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.

Who Can Get Gum Disease?

Anyone can get gum disease, it can cause embarrassing problems like bad breath to problems like tooth loss and dental pain. Gum disease may be chronic, slow to progress, and sometimes painless. People might not even realize that they have gum disease, this is an issue as it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

What Is Non-Surgical Gum Therapy?

Gum disease (gingivitis or periodontal disease) is a serious condition that affects dental health, it 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 the dental hygienists may recommend professional dental cleaning up to 4 times per year. 

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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 see our dental hygienists 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.

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