Dental Hygiene

Maintaining healthy gums with our Hygienist at San Ramon

Hygiene appointments are the best defense against gum disease. As gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, preventing it from progressing to a serious stage can help save your natural teeth.

Tooth cleaning at San Ramon Dental Excellence removes plaque and tartar from the surface of all teeth, including in the hard-to-reach areas. Plaque and tartar cause bacteria to build up and in turn start to attack the gum tissue, causing gum disease. Hygienists remove the bacteria and help stabilize the gums. The cleaner your teeth, the healthier your gums are.

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What is gum disease?

Noticed that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? It may be a sign that your gums are under attack from bacteria. Plaque and tartar around the gum line create perfect environments for bacteria to live. Not only can this cause problems to your teeth, such as caries and decay, the bacteria irritates your gums, causing them to become inflamed. This stage is known as gingivitis.

There is often little to no pain at this stage and it is reversible through a thorough cleaning which is the chief service a hygienist provides.

If this stage is left untreated however, it can progress to periodontitis. This stage is more aggressive and can cause gum tissue to recede. Pockets in the gum can form, in turn resulting in the tooth roots being exposed.

This stage is not curable, but can be maintained. Regular visits to the hygienist will prevent this from happening.


"I would highly recommend them"

"Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Hygenist did a great job cleaning my teeth. They started and finished on time. I would highly recommend them."

Larry G

"A pleasant experience"

"My family and I have been coming here for years. We have always had a pleasant experience with all the Doctors."

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What happens during a hygiene appointment?


Firstly, your hygienist will chart for periodontal disease, checking your gums for any signs of inflammation and bleeding. We also check for oral cancer using the VELscope. This is a handheld scope that identifies oral mucosal abnormalities.

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We use a thorough clean using a water jet which gently removes deposits from your tooth enamel. We then remove any stubborn tartar. Using a special polish, we buff your teeth to a high shine, leaving them feeling smooth and silky.


Regular cleaning appointments will not only help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, but also protect your overall well-being because poor gum health has been linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes and dementia.


  • Velscope available

  • Intra oral camera

  • Sealants provided

  • Fluoride applications available

  • Honest advice

  • Impressions for Teeth Whitening or Night Guard

  • Xrays