Sitka Dental has several hygienists on staff to provide dental hygiene services. Having the teeth cleaned several times per year is the most important dental service you can receive.
The dental hygienist will remove infected material from the surface of the tooth, with the goal of promoting healthy gums and avoiding gum disease. If we adults ever lose our teeth, it is almost always due to gum disease, not cavities. Regular visits to the hygienist will give you the best chance to save your teeth.
Your regularly scheduled check-up is
often referred to as a "cleaning", but there
is much more to it than that! The technical term is
oral prophylaxis, which means prevention of
One way to prevent oral disease is to
remove harmful plaque and tartar (calculus) both above
and below the gum line. You may also be given special
instructions on brushing or flossing to keep clean
the areas where we found significant buildup. That
is the familiar "cleaning" part of your