What happens at a dental hygiene appointment?

Scaling and Root Planing

The first step is scaling and root planing. Your dental hygiene appointment is most often spent on scaling and root planing.  Your dental hygienist will manually remove any soft (plaque) or hard (calculus) buildup that has accumulated above and below your gum line. This is a very important part of preventing gum disease.

Polishing

The next step is polishing. This pain free procedure is done with a polish that is similar to toothpaste, and a rubber cup. Polishing helps to remove stubborn stain and sticky build up, called biofilm, from the enamel.

Fluoride

The final step is a Flouride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods however due to the acids in the foods we eat we lose fluoride through demineralization and remineralization. We recommend fluoride as a preventative oral care treatment – this preventative care is endorsed by Health Canada and the Canadian Dental Association. Remineralization with fluoride will allow the enamel layer to repair and make the teeth more resistant to plaque and early decay.

Professional Examination

Regular dental check-ups are recommended every 6 months. This allows for early detection and correction of oral health problems.

Digital radiographs

digital radiograph allows us to see oral health problems that occur in the jaw bone and around the root of the tooth. The need for dental x-rays depends on your individual needs however we are committed to only conducting x-rays when necessary.

We don’t plan to rest on our laurels. We want our clients to continue to tell us that we are the be the best dentist in Coquitlam. So we work hard every day to make sure we are offering cutting-edge treatment at our friendly clinic. Come and see why our clients love us!

If you are having teeth pain or need a dental assessment, contact our office for a dental appointment. Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental has professional, friendly and caring staff to help you have the dental health you need and want. Or read more about other dental services available at Altitude Dental.