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Dental Hygiene & Professional Teeth Cleaning in Calgary

Good dental hygiene is important not only for your smile, but also your overall health.  Gum disease, also know as periodontitis, has been linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetic complications.

Regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings can prevent these and many other health problems.

Some of the most important health benefits of regular teeth cleanings include:

  • Gum disease prevention
  • Early detection of oral cancer
  • Healthier smile
  • Helps maintain good dental health
  • Helps maintain good overall health

At Dr. Korol Dental, our highly-qualified and registered dental hygienists can gently remove any plaque buildup and hardened deposits, promoting the long-term health of your teeth and gums.


What is the Teeth Cleaning Process?

Performed by an experienced dental hygienist, teeth cleaning is a safe and simple procedure. Here is what is involved:

1. Examination

Prior to any teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist will conduct a comprehensive exam of your teeth and gums.

2. Scaling (Deep Teeth Cleaning Only)

Over time, plaque buildup can lead to hardened deposits (tartar) forming on your teeth which can only be removed by a dental professional.

During an extensive deep teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist will use a scaling tool to remove any plaque or tartar from around & beneath your gum line and between your teeth.

3. Polish

Once all the plaque has been removed from your teeth, the dental hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush to remove all residual tartar.

Deep Cleaning vs Regular Teeth Cleaning

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep teeth cleaning, is very different from a regular cleaning.

While the latter focuses on the surfaces/between the teeth above the gum line, a deep dental clean is needed in order to remove bacteria, tartar and any debris that has collected under the gum line.

When is a deep teeth cleaning required?

A deep teeth cleaning is required to treat gum and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum, jawbone and the structures suurounding the teeth. "Peri" means around, and "odontal" refers to teeth. Swollen and bleeding gums are early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If nothing is done, the infection can spread. It can destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone. Eventually, your teeth can become so loose that they have to be extracted.

How many appointments will I need for a deep cleaning?

Every person is different. It depends largely on the extent of the disease progression. On average, a deep teeth cleaning will require a minimum of two visits with the dental hygienist as well as a follow-up appointment to ensure that your gums are responding to treatment and getting healthier.


Recovering From a Deep Teeth Cleaning

Before your deep teeth cleaning treatment, our dental hygienist will carefully discuss with you what you can expect before, during and after your procedure.

This is to ensure you are fully comfortable and able to enjoy the full results of your treatment.

What to expect after your deep teeth cleaning
  • Your dental anesthesia, if required, will wear off approximately 1-3 hours after your teeth cleaning
  • It is normal for your gums to feel slightly sore for at least 3 days after the treatment
  • It is normal to be sensitive to hot/cold foods after the teeth cleaning
  • It is normal to experience a stiff or sore jaw for several days after the treatment.
Recovery Tips
  • Rinse 3x daily for at least 1 week to aid healing and reduce inflammation
  • Avoid eating hard foods immediately after the treatment such as chips, nuts, popcorn and seeds
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products for at least 72 hours after your treatment.
  • Use toothpaste made for sensitivity to reduce any sensitivity to cold/hot foods.
  • Continue with your regular dental hygiene routine including brushing and flossing to prevent infection.


Learn More

To learn more about our regular and deep teeth cleaning treatments and how we can help you maintain good dental hygiene, contact our Calgary clinic today at 403-245-9099.

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