As part of a good dental health regimen, the teeth should be cleaned at regular intervals by a trained hygienist. Your dentist (or hygienist) will clean the surfaces of teeth as well as the build-up of plaque in hard to reach places that only a thorough cleaning will remove.
Professional cleaning involves three stages:
- Oral examination
- Cleaning between teeth, tooth surfaces and the gumline
- Polishing to remove stains and put a shine on the teeth
Sometimes the hygienist will add an application of fluoride which helps strengthen the teeth and prevent tooth decay but this will depend on the individual case and the patient’s wishes.