In order to maintain peak oral health and hygiene, regular examinations should be scheduled to keep your dental goals on track. Having your teeth professionally scaled is very different than the cleaning that you do at home with your tooth brush and floss.
All of our scaling is performed by Registered Dental Hygienists who know how to carefully remove plaque and tartar. If required, our hygienists will also polish your teeth, which will remove stubborn stains and sticky plaque.
Your regular dental visits should occur once every 3-6 months depending on your individual risk assessment and absolutely do not replace regular brushing and flossing.
Plaque is essentially an entire colony of bacteria in your mouth that lives off of your saliva and the food that you consume. This type of bacteria is mostly invisible and sticky. It can produce toxins that damage your gums. This inflammation of the gums is the gateway to more severe disease that can occur not only in your mouth but throughout your entire body!
Tartar, also known as calculus is plaque that has been able to harden in the mouth. It is typically very difficult to remove and can form above and below the gums. Canyon Dentals excellent hygiene team knows how to properly remove tartar with specialized tools to keep your teeth healthy!
Two of the vital aspects of dental hygiene are detection and prevention. After your teeth have been thoroughly scaled and polished, one of our dentists will provide a comprehensive oral health exam, looking for signs of disease, infection, cavities, and structural issues. To aid in the exam, digital X-rays, or radiographs, can be used to give an internal insight on your oral health. This allows the dentist to forecast issues that can often remain silent until late stages such as cavities, gum disease and impacted wisdom teeth. Regular examinations reduce the risk of tooth loss and are necessary to avoid future invasive dental procedures such as root canals or extractions.
One of the tools that we may utilize for prevention is professional fluoride treatments. If a patient has a history of dental decay, a high carbohydrate intake, poor hygiene habits or sensitive roots, we can coat the teeth with fluoride which will help prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.