The main objective of oral hygiene maintenance is to control the appearance of bacterial plaque, dental calculus and cavities.

Bacterial plaque is a sticky layer attached to the teeth that has a high content of bacteria and food debris.

The dental calculus is the hardened soft plaque that is impossible to remove with a simple tooth brush or dental floss.

Dental cavities are stains or cavities of bacterial origin that begin in the superficial part of the teeth (enamel) and that progress to the deepest tissues, causing serious problems in the teeth.


8 out of 10 people lose their teeth due to not having good oral hygiene.

The teeth are attached to the jaws by supporting tissues, which include the gums, bones, cementum, and periodontal ligament.

When you do not perform good oral hygiene and do not visit the dentist every 3-4 months, irritating factors such as bacterial plaque and dental calculus spread to the deepest areas such as the roots, affecting all the supporting tissues.

  • The accumulation of tartar or dental calculus generates a bad smell in your mouth.
  • In addition, if your teeth are not brushed or sanitized regularly, they will present tooth deca


1. How should I perform oral hygiene at home?

  • You must brush your teeth at least 3 times a day, with a suitable brush recommended by your treating dentist.
  • Use dental floss properly to prevent food debris from accumulating between the teeth.
  • Use a mouthwash.

2. What is a professional oral hygiene maintenance?

Hygiene maintenance is performed in the dental office by experienced specialist – hygienist or a dentist to control and prevent the accumulation of bacterial plaque and dental calculus.

The dentist must evaluate the condition of each tooth and determine the ideal procedure necessary for your individual case.

3. What are the procedures indicated as professional oral hygiene?

  • Dental prophylaxis: It is performed to remove soft plaque that contains food debris and the presence of bacteria.
  • Deep cleaning: This procedure is indicated to remove dental calculus from teeth and roots.

4. How often should I have a professional hygiene maintenance?

We recommend that you visit your hygienist and or dentist every 6 months for regular cleaning (dental prophylaxis); every 3-4 months if you need periodontal maintenance and every 2 years or as your dentist recommends for the deepest cleaning – Scaling and Root Planning.

5. Is professional hygiene maintenance painful?

  • No, none of the procedures indicated for professional hygiene maintenance cause pain.
  • There may be sensitivity during and a few hours after.
  • In case of high sensitivity it can be done under local anesthesia.

6. Which professional should perform my hygiene maintenance?

Hygiene maintenance can be done by a dental hygienist or a general dentist.

If you have periodontal disease, you should be treated by a periodontist who specializes in diseases of the gums and the supporting tissues of the teeth.

In our office we have all the specialists available to you.


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