Professional Dental Cleaning Appointments
This appointment is performed by a registered dental hygienist. In our practice, you will see the same hygienist at each cleaning visit so that you can develop a relationship. The hygienist will remove plaque (soft deposits), tartar or calculus (hard deposits), and stain from your teeth. The evaluation of the gum tissue, including probing pockets and recording their depths for future reference will also be accomplished. After the cleaning, the hygienist will polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.
Additionally, you will have all of your questions answered about your home care procedures and products. If you have trouble choosing the right toothbrush or effectively flossing, your hygienist can help. Should you develop gum disease, which is extremely common; our hygienist will provide counsel and treatment to control the condition.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in many things we eat or drink. It is nature’s way of helping prevent cavities, and it plays an important role in helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Professional (in-office) fluoride treatments make teeth stronger and even reverse damage from decay in the outer layers of enamel on the smooth surfaces of the teeth. Additional home fluoride treatments assist in this process. In the lifelong fight against cavities, Dr. Wohlers believes that both adults and children benefit from in-office treatment and from home fluorides.
The benefits of fluoride include:
- Strengthening teeth
- Remineralizing weakened areas on teeth
- Expanding some antimicrobial effects
- Increasing salivary action
- Enhancing rate of natural remineralization
It will be important for you to work with the dental hygienist so that you can achieve the healthiest mouth possible. This will mean working together through either homecare or co-therapy in order to keep your teeth for your lifetime. It is a commitment from you, the patient, to do your best at home and a commitment from your hygienist to provide the best treatment possible during your hygiene appointments.