Cleaning and Prevention
At your cleaning (hygiene) appointment, your dental hygienist will assess the health of your gums, the bone supporting your teeth, and other oral tissues, as well as remove the calculus (tartar) and plaque from your teeth and any exposed root surfaces. Your hygienist may also provide recommendations on how you can improve the health of your teeth and gums and give advice on how to improve your home care (brushing, flossing, etc.). Each person is placed on an individualized hygiene schedule, depending on the health of their tissues. That means that sometimes, you may need to come back every three to four months, rather than every six to twelve months.