Teeth Cleaning Hygienists at Smart Smile Dentistry, Gainesville, FL

What is dental cleaning or dental prophylaxis?

Also called professional teeth cleaning, dental prophylaxis is a treatment for the prevention of periodontal diseases or other dental diseases by the cleaning of the teeth in the dental office using the procedures of DENTAL SCALING and DENTAL POLISHING. The treatment may include plaque detection, removal of supra- and subgingival plaque and calculus, application of caries-preventing agents, checking of restorations and prostheses and correcting overhanging margins and proximal contours of restorations, and checking for signs of food impaction.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist?

Professional teeth cleaning is recommended every six months for patients who have healthy teeth and gums. Patients who show the early signs of gum disease (gingivitis), as well as those in the more advanced stages of periodontitis, may need to undergo cleanings at our Gainesville, Florida dental office more frequently than this to ensure that the condition does not progress any further.

The primary goal of teeth cleaning is to remove the plaque and tartar, also known as dental calculus that lead to periodontal disease (gingivitis).

What is dental plaque?

Dental plaque (a.k.a tooth plaque) is the sticky film that clings to the teeth in your jaw, and it contains oral bacteria that can irritate and inflame the gum tissues if not removed on a regular basis with proper flossing and brushing. Plaque that is left behind will eventually harden into a calcified substance called tartar. When tartar forms along the gumline, it can break the strong bond the gum tissues have to the teeth, leading to infection and a breakdown of the gums and bone that hold the teeth firmly in place.

Teeth cleaning procedure explained.

During a professional dental cleaning, our Gainesville, FL dental hygienist uses a tool called a scaler to gently remove hard tartar from the teeth. We also polish the teeth using a special dental instrument and a slightly gritty paste that removes surface stains and gives the teeth a slick, shiny surface. This makes the teeth easier to clean at home and less likely to collect and harbor harmful oral bacteria and plaque.

What do our hygienists use to clean your teeth?

Firstly, your hygienist will use an ultrasonic cleaner and a water sprayer to loosen and remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Secondly, your hygienists will scrape additional plaque and tartar off your teeth by using a metal tool called a hand scraper. Lastly, after the plaque is removed, your teeth are polished by the hygienist with a rotary prophy handpiece, with a rubber tip and prophy paste. This leaves your teeth polished, smooth and shiny.

Contact our dentistry to schedule your dental cleaning today.

Smart Smile Dentistry can help you determine if dental cleaning is necessary immediately or at your regularly scheduled dental cleaning appointment. Contact our teeth cleaning hygienists at Smart Smile Dentistry in our Gainesville location today at (352) 376-5120 to schedule your appointment.


Smart Smile Dentistry | 4404 NW 36 Ave | Gainesville, FL 32606 | (352) 376-5120 – Map

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Schedule an appointment with our office and complete any restorative treatment during this time and you will be entered into the contest. 

•The last day to enter the drawing will be Monday, February 28th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 1st! 🎟Comment below what you think the prize will be.. or what you want it to be. 😉
‼️EXCLUSIVE OFFER‼️ Through the month of January and February you can Enter our drawing to Win a Prize!! 🤩🥳🎁 Schedule an appointment with our office and complete any restorative treatment during this time and you will be entered into the contest. •The last day to enter the drawing will be Monday, February 28th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 1st! 🎟Comment below what you think the prize will be.. or what you want it to be. 😉
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Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Hope everyone has a happy and safe Holiday and New Year. 
2021 has come and gone so fast but we are excited to start 2022 off strong and we can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces in 2022! 😁🦷🎄🌟

Please Note: Our office will be closed from Thursday December 23rd at 1pm - December 30th. We will reopen on January 3rd. 

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Hope everyone has a happy and safe Holiday and New Year. 2021 has come and gone so fast but we are excited to start 2022 off strong and we can’t wait to see all of your smiling faces in 2022! 😁🦷🎄🌟 Please Note: Our office will be closed from Thursday December 23rd at 1pm - December 30th. We will reopen on January 3rd. #happynewyear #merrychristmas #smartsmiledentistry #gainesvilleflorida
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🌟STAFF HIGHLIGHT🌟 

Meet Kayla, our Dental Assistant! 

Kayla’s favorite part of Dentistry is seeing the changes in a patients smile and then watching the patient love to smile again! 😍
In her free time she loves being with her family, doing anything on the water 🌊 and hunting. 
3 words Kayla would use to describe herself as: Outgoing, reliable, Compassionate ❤️

We love having Kayla as apart of our team and we know our patient love her too! 

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🌟STAFF HIGHLIGHT🌟 Meet Kayla, our Dental Assistant! Kayla’s favorite part of Dentistry is seeing the changes in a patients smile and then watching the patient love to smile again! 😍 In her free time she loves being with her family, doing anything on the water 🌊 and hunting. 3 words Kayla would use to describe herself as: Outgoing, reliable, Compassionate ❤️ We love having Kayla as apart of our team and we know our patient love her too! #DentalAssistant #smartsmiledentistry #dental #prosthodontist #smiledesign #smilemakeover #patientcare #gainesville
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We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
We had a fantastic time with our team at Painting with the Twist and Dinner at Marks Prime AND we got to celebrate with @inezcolson ! #teambonding #holidayparty @paintingwithatwist @marksprimesteakandseafood @pwatgainesville
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🌟Staff Highlight🌟 

Meet Isabella -“Bella”, our administrative assistant and patient coordinator! 
Her favorite part of dentistry is the contagious joy that comes from the patients after their smile makeover. With her free time she enjoys traveling, napping, and spending time with friends and family. 🥰
In 3 words she describes herself as - sleepy, honest, and animal-lover. 
Bella is happy to help you schedule any of your dental needs! 🦷😁 

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🌟Staff Highlight🌟 Meet Isabella -“Bella”, our administrative assistant and patient coordinator! Her favorite part of dentistry is the contagious joy that comes from the patients after their smile makeover. With her free time she enjoys traveling, napping, and spending time with friends and family. 🥰 In 3 words she describes herself as - sleepy, honest, and animal-lover. Bella is happy to help you schedule any of your dental needs! 🦷😁 #patientcoordinator #administrativeassistant #travel #dentistry #smilemakeover #gainesvillefl #smartsmiledentistry
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During the Holiday and winter season lots of sugary, indulgent temptations happen during the celebrations like Christmas and New Years. Your dental hygiene is very important during this time, as keeping them clean reduces the risk for a cavity! 
We would love to get you all clean and bright and shiny for the Holiday seasons and New Year! Please give our office a call to get scheduled. (352) 376-5120 😁🦷✨🪥

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During the Holiday and winter season lots of sugary, indulgent temptations happen during the celebrations like Christmas and New Years. Your dental hygiene is very important during this time, as keeping them clean reduces the risk for a cavity! We would love to get you all clean and bright and shiny for the Holiday seasons and New Year! Please give our office a call to get scheduled. (352) 376-5120 😁🦷✨🪥 #smartsmiledentistry #dentalhygiene #prophylaxis #holidayseason #christmas #newyears #gainesville
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🌟Staff Introduction🌟
Meet Kelly, our amazing Office Manager & Treatment Plan Coordinator! 
Kelly has been with Dr.Samant for over 8 years! Kelly’s favorite part of Dentistry is the feedback from the patients. Knowing that she can make a difference in a patients visit goes a long way, she says. 
In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her Husband and their two daughters. “We love to explore the world and do activities for them to keep their little minds stimulated.” 
In 3 words she describes herself as - passionate, organized, and energetic! 
Come see Kelly and Dr. Samant for a consultation for any of your dental needs! 😁🦷
🌟Staff Introduction🌟 Meet Kelly, our amazing Office Manager & Treatment Plan Coordinator! Kelly has been with Dr.Samant for over 8 years! Kelly’s favorite part of Dentistry is the feedback from the patients. Knowing that she can make a difference in a patients visit goes a long way, she says. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her Husband and their two daughters. “We love to explore the world and do activities for them to keep their little minds stimulated.” In 3 words she describes herself as - passionate, organized, and energetic! Come see Kelly and Dr. Samant for a consultation for any of your dental needs! 😁🦷
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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 🍁🦃 We hope you have a filling and safe Holiday! ☺️ 

Our office will be closed early today at 1pm and 11/25 all day. We will be back opened on Monday November 29th for normal hours.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 🍁🦃 We hope you have a filling and safe Holiday! ☺️ Our office will be closed early today at 1pm and 11/25 all day. We will be back opened on Monday November 29th for normal hours.
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