As a patient you should be seen regularly by our highly qualified hygienist who will comfortably clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth. The hygienists clean in places where you can't reach with your brush and floss. These areas can be pretty tender, especially if the last time that area was cleaned was the last time you saw a hygienist. Also their eyes are trained to see disease entities that you might not see.
If your cleanings have been of the "twice a year torture session" variety, perhaps it is time you switch hygienists. When necessary we get patients numb with topical, short acting anesthetics, so that you are comfortable during the procedure. Suggestions for improved brushing and flossing home care techniques will be made so that those areas where you are missing will become healthier. Patient comfort comes first in our office!
So you see, it's not "just a cleaning" as is the classic line when patients call to cancel their appointment. Cancel enough "just a cleaning" appointments, and you may be referred to a gum specialist.
For answers to common questions on hygiene please refer to our FAQs.