Dental Hygiene

Your SE Calgary Choice for Dental Hygiene and Preventative Care!

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

Whether you have healthy teeth and gums, or you are in an advanced stage of periodontal disease, Family Dental Centre is here to help! While regular home oral maintenance and teeth cleaning is very important, it only focuses on areas of the tooth above the gum line. A professional tooth cleaning is able to clean teeth above the gum line but also below the gum line as well. It is only through cleaning above AND below the gum line that we are able to keep your gums healthy from top to bottom! Let Family Dental Centre provide the effective personal care you need so you maintain optimal oral health!

At Family Dental Centre, our team strives to exceed your expectations by providing on-time, comfortable, and effective dental hygiene appointments. It is also always our goal to take the extra time to educate you about your oral health so you can be a part of maintenance and preventative care.

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary
Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

What happens at a Dental Hygiene Appointment?

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

A dental treatment plan begins with a thorough examination by one of our dentists. Your examination will include a detailed evaluation of your current oral health, including your teeth, gums, and the surrounding tissue. At Family Dental Centre, we use digital x-rays, periodontal probing, and intra-oral photography to determine your current dental health and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is prioritized to best treat any existing conditions based on our findings.

When you visit Family Dental Centre, there is a lot to accomplish in a regular dental hygiene appointment. The major activity performed by the dental hygienist is to clean your teeth both above the gum line (known as scaling) and below the gum line (known as root planning). We use both traditional hand scalers as well as ultrasonic scaling tools (that use super-fast vibrations) to remove deposits depending on your scaling and root planning needs.

As well as cleaning your teeth above and below the gum-line, your Family Dental Centre Hygienist will perform a number of important oral health checks at your hygiene appointment, including:

  • A complete periodontal assessment
  • checking for any gum recession
  • checking for the presence of gingivitis
  • polishing your teeth to remove any surface stain
  • fluoride treatment (if chosen) to help prevent cavities from forming and harden enamel in areas that may be weak
  • an extra-oral exam at least once a year to check the head, neck and jaw areas for confirmation of health
  • an intra-oral exam to check the gum tissues, tongue, and lips for confirmation of health
  • digital x-rays (when needed)

You will also have an exam completed by your dentist and have a chance to ask any questions you might have. During your hygiene appointment, we encourage you to ask questions so we can inform you of your oral health. We pride ourselves on following up on your questions or any product information requests about how to best care for your family’s dental health.

What is Hygiene Therapy?

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

Our dental hygiene and preventative care program follows a strict standard of care to record, assess, and evaluate your oral health condition at every visit. Working with the Family Dental Centre Team, your individual hygiene treatment plan is coordinated to best treat and monitor the health of your teeth and gums. We also reserve your dental hygiene visits in advance to best fit your schedule and encourage regular maintenance and preventative care.

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary
Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

How Often Should I Have a Dental Hygiene Visit?

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

How often you need to visit Family Dental Centre for a hygiene visit depends on several factors. Are your teeth susceptible to excess accumulation of plaque and calculus? Do you have crowded teeth, fillings, or missing teeth? These are all cases which can lead to increased plaque buildup and require more frequent visits.

Our dental team knows that each patient will require a different dental hygiene schedule, depending on their unique circumstances. While most people come in for dental hygiene appointments every six months, some people may benefit by coming in every 3-4 months, while others might only require a hygiene appointment every nine or even every 12 months. Your Family Dental Centre dentist or dental hygienist will be happy to advise you how often you should have a dental cleaning based on your specific individual needs.

Minimizing Sensitivity during Dental Hygiene Treatments

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

If you have experienced sensitivity in your teeth from past hygiene appointments, taking ibuprofen in advance of your hygiene appointment can help alleviate this. If you are experiencing heightened sensitivity, dental freezing may also be an option that needs to be discussed in order to deal with your discomfort issues.

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary
Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

Getting Started on Your Path of Good Dental Health Habits!

Dental Hygiene | Family Dental Centre | General and Family Dentist | SE Calgary

Family Dental Center is here to help you achieve your family’s oral health goals, all in the most comfortable way possible. No matter where your dental health is now, it is always a good time to start on the path to establishing good dental health habits. Booking a dental hygiene appointment at Family Dental Centre is the first step on that path. Family Dental Centre has a team of caring and gentle dentists and dental hygienists whose mission is to help you achieve your oral health goals.

Family Dental Centre is committed to answering all your dental hygiene questions and to helping you and your family on the road to a lifetime of good oral health. Please contact Family Dental Centre at (403) 272-1500 to book a dental hygiene appointment today!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Call Family Dental Centre at (403) 272-1500 to set up your Dental Hygiene appointment today!