Dental Hygiene

The experienced dental hygienists of Affinity Dental place the welfare of our patients above all else, and strive to deliver quality care with compassion. Our comprehensive group practice located at 4 East Rolling Crossroads is a warm, friendly environment, where you’ll receive personalized care from one of our dental hygienists: Sharon, Emily, Tammy or Amy.

At Affinity Dental, we treat patients that need all levels of dental care. Even if you’ve skipped the dentist for years, we can help. We also act as your advisor during the process, recommending the best procedures available. If one option isn’t affordable or can’t be covered by your dental plan, we’ll work with you to determine other suitable options. We accept most insurance plans and even offer interest-free financing options through several banks.

In addition to our cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics services, we offer a full scope of hygiene services. Depending upon your needs, your hygienist may perform a routine dental cleaning (prophylaxis), deep scaling, dental X-rays, patient education, oral cancer screenings, dental product recommendations, fluoride and local antibiotic therapies and personalized homecare instruction.

Dental Cleanings (Prophylaxis)

The routine dental cleanings performed by your hygienist should be scheduled every 6 months to reduce the likelihood of periodontal disease. During this procedure, the hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and stains that have formed on your teeth since your last visit. Even the most meticulous patients who brush and floss every day still require a professional dental cleaning by an experienced hygienist to prevent tartar build-up and gum disease.

Deep Scaling and Root Planing

Deep scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that goes above and beyond the routine dental cleaning you receive every 6 months. Deep scaling and root planing is performed when you have symptoms of periodontal or gum disease. Ideally, healthy gum tissue will fit tightly around your teeth. Normally the measurement from the top of the gumline to where it attaches to your tooth should be 1 to 3 millimeters. If plaque and tartar begin to collect under the gums, these pockets may become deeper. When you have signs of unhealthy pockets of 4 millimeters or more, deep scaling and root planing may be required as a first step.

Ready to schedule a visit with one of our dental hygienists? Contact us here or call us at 410-719-7900.