Preventive dentistry relies on good oral hygiene and regular professional dental cleaning (hygiene therapy); and is important throughout your life, whatever your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home combined with regular dental visits, you will help prevent dental problems and save time and money. In the process, you will maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Your hygiene therapy is performed by a Registered Dental Hygienists. Your hygiene appointment will include a dental exam and the following procedures.
Removal of calculus (tartar)
Calculus is the hard residue ranging from yellow to brown forming on teeth when oral hygiene is incomplete or improper. Calculus is formed from Plaque (a soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth; composed largely of bacteria and food substances suspended in saliva) which can build up and become hard. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove calculus. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque
Plaque is the accumulation of bacteria and food debris that manifests itself as a soft sticky substance stuck on tooth surfaces. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
The process cleans and smoothes the surfaces of the teeth, removing stains and plaque (not removed by brushing and scaling), thereby making it harder for plaque to stick to the teeth.
To arrange for your appointment or to request more information:
Please call (905) 774-7608 or email us.