Hygiene Service – Libby, MT

Teeth Cleanings

Having your teeth professionally cleaned is about more than a bright & shiny smile. Getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist on a regular basis may be the most important way we help you prevent oral health problems. A professional cleaning at our office is the only way to remove the stuck-on plaque & tartar that is left behind even after you brush.

In addition to flossing & brushing two times a day (for two whole minutes), visiting us at least twice a year for your teeth cleaning helps us catch & prevent common tooth problems, such as tooth decay (cavities) & gum disease. When oral health problems are caught early, they are easier & less expensive to treat & are less likely to cause you trouble in the future. At your cleaning appointment, we can also give you tips on your at-home oral care routine, your diet & anything about your smile that you may be concerned or have questions about.

Plus, there’s nothing like that smooth, fresh feeling you get after your cleaning! Call Sterling Dental today for your appointment.

Tooth Polishing

Tooth polishing is one of two dental hygiene procedures that occur during a teeth cleaning. A cleaning usually starts with scaling, which removes any plaque or calculus from the teeth using a hand tool. This is the part of the cleaning where the dentist or hygienist will gently scrape the teeth with a tiny metal hook, called a curette. Next, teeth are polished using very fine grit paste. The paste is applied with a small spinning rubber cup on the end of a handpiece. The polishing cup is pressed against each of your teeth, or just the teeth that have stains. After polishing is complete, any excess paste will be rinsed with water & removed using the suction handpiece.

While previous wisdom held that there was a medical benefit to tooth polishing (it was thought it made it harder for plaque to stick to teeth), this has been disproven over the last few decades. The main benefit of a tooth polishing is the removal of surface stains that are too stubborn for you to remove yourself using just a toothbrush. More than anything, we find that patients appreciate the smooth feeling & lustrous gleam of freshly polished teeth!