Dental hygienists remove tartar both above and below the gum line (scaling), polish teeth and administer fluoride treatments, and also screen for dental issues if necessary (using x-rays). Hygienists also provide personalized instructions on the right techniques to use at home for brushing teeth and suggest different ways in which to clean between your teeth. The hygienist therefore contributes, for your wellness, to preventing periodontal diseases (which affect the gums and bones around the teeth) and tooth decay.
Scaling consists of using ultrasonic or manual techniques to remove tartar. If you have very sensitive teeth, local anesthesia may be used to make the procedure more soft and comfortable.
Polishing makes the surface of teeth smoother, slows down the reappearance of tartar, and removes superficial discoloration of coffee or tobacco : Therefore you’ll be blessed with regaining the attractiveness of white teeth and a bright smile.
Fluoride treatments are administered to remineralise tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay. For your comfort, they also reduce any tooth sensitivity that could occur after scaling.