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Professional cleaning is a necessary complement to your own oral hygiene care at home, including brushing and flossing. The purpose of this procedure is to:
Even if you maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for a thorough cleaning.
Dental cleaning (also called prophylaxis) is one of the acts performed by dental hygienists. These oral health care professionals have the skills, know-how and authorization to carry out prophylaxis autonomously, i.e. without the presence of a dentist.
The relationship with your hygienist is important because you will spend the majority of your dental cleaning appointment with him or her. Before even starting the cleaning, your hygienist will take the time to talk with you in order to:
Many suffer from anxiety or fear when it comes to dental care. You can be confident, the hygienist will always listen to your needs and be reassuring.
Your dental hygienist will provide you with all the information about your situation and the recommended treatments and possible alternatives.
The hygienist knows you well and will often be able to act as a link between you and your dentist.
Here are two examples that illustrate this link: