Dental Hygiene

A man smiling with his dental hygienist.

Dental Hygiene
at Vita Dental Wellness

Did you know that plaque constantly forms on teeth? Left unremoved, it can harden into tartar within 24-48 hours. You can remove plaque at home, but tartar can only be taken out at the dental office.

Professional dental hygiene cleanings are necessary to keep your oral health in good shape.Here at Vita Dental Wellness in Chilliwack, BC, we recommend routine oral exams and cleanings as preventative measures. These visits help you avoid dental problems and reduce dental costs.

Our registered dental hygienists are happy to discuss a suitable treatment regime for your unique situation. Connect with us to learn more.

Dental Hygiene Cleaning in Chilliwack, BC

A professional dental hygiene cleaning makes your smile healthier and more attractive. Poor dental care habits can affect not only your teeth and gums but also the rest of your body.

Several studies point out the connection between oral health and general health. Harmful bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and reach other vital organs, such as the heart and lungs.

Whether or not you have medical conditions, paying attention to hygiene cleanings is crucial. Every visit is different, but here are the usual steps involved:

  • Visual examination. Your dentist or dental hygienist will inspect your mouth and jaw to check if there may be irregularities or potential issues that need further examination. They may also request X-rays.
  • Plaque removal. Plaque is a colorless to yellowish, sticky film that builds on the surfaces of the teeth. They're filled with harmful bacteria, but the good news is that they can be removed by brushing and flossing. Routine hygiene cleanings target hard-to-reach areas where plaque could be lurking.
  • Tartar removal. Getting rid of tartar requires the use of special tools at the dental office. Tartar fosters the buildup of harmful bacteria. It keeps you from cleaning certain areas of the mouth, which makes your teeth vulnerable to acid attacks, decay, and cavities. Tartar accumulation can also irritate the gums and lead to gum disease.
  • Teeth polishing. After the debris in the mouth is removed, the next step is teeth polishing. The grooves and rough texture of teeth make them ideal nesting grounds for bacteria. Teeth polishing gets rid of these rough spots and makes it harder for deposits to settle in your enamel.
  • Hygiene education. Your hygienist talks to you about your home care routine and recommends steps to enhance it. They may also suggest dental care products to make mouth cleaning easier and more effective.

How Often Do I Need Oral Hygiene Treatments?

Dental hygiene is often needed twice a year, and these two visits go a long way to helping you maintain a confident smile. Ignoring dental appointments may cause you to need more trips and comprehensive treatments.

If dental fear and anxiety are keeping you from seeing your dentist, let your dental team know. Here in our office, we focus on making each visit a pleasant experience for every patient.

Patient Focused Dental Hygiene

Our hygienists are very thorough and gentle. They can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable by administering various types of anesthesia (freezing) if needed.

They use different tools, such as conventional hand instruments and advanced ultrasonic scalers, depending on your needs and comfort level. Cleaning techniques are customized for every individual.

Do you have more questions about dental hygiene cleanings in Chilliwack, British Columbia? Contact our office today at or leave us a message. We're happy to help.