At Precision Cosmetic Family Dentistry we provide thorough dental cleanings. Brushing and flossing stops plaque from building up and hardening into tartar, at which stage you must have it removed by a dental professional.

During the routine dental cleaning an ultrasonic scaler is used as well as hand instruments. The ultrasonic scaler is a air-driven scaler that the tip moves in an elliptical motion with a continuous water flow that provides tissue lavage, thereby reducing the need for rinsing during scaling.  One of the benefits of using an ultrasonic scaler is decreased treatment time, especially with heavy deposits, which leaves more time for patient education or procedures. It also provides more efficient removal of dental plaque, calculus and stain while preserving the cementum and causes less tissue trauma.

After your teeth are completely tartar-free, the teeth are polished with a gritty paste using an electric rubber brush and, if indicated, a fluoride treatment will be done.

In some cases a more involved cleaning is needed due to larger pocket depths, bone loss, and/or amount of plaque present on the teeth. When periodontal cleanings, also known as scaling and root planning are done we incorporate the use of antimicrobials and antibiotics to help control the disease, since periodontal disease is a bacterial infection.