Our dedicated and caring team is committed to your comfort and long-term health. We recommend visiting your hygienist at least every six months for professional cleaning of your teeth (prophylaxis). Even though you may carefully brush and floss, plaque and tartar (what plaque becomes when it mineralizes) inevitably build up, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. During your cleaning, your hygienist will use specialized instruments to gently remove tartar and calculus; she may also use an ultrasonic instrument (similar in sensation to an electric toothbrush) which uses vibration to knock larger pieces of tartar loose. The final step is polishing your teeth. Once we have done our part, we will work with you on a home care plan by listening to your concerns, identifying areas to focus on, and ensuring you have the information and tools you need to maintain your teeth in top condition between visits.