During a prophylactic (preventative) cleaning, your hygienist will use manual scalers and/or an ultrasonic scaler to loosen and remove both hard and soft buildup. The hygienist will typically work from different angles, cleaning surfaces of each teeth from that direction before moving to a different position and cleaning from those angles. This method is for ergonomic and efficiency purposes, but to the average person it can feel as if their hygienist is “skipping around” throughout their mouth.
Once all of the teeth are scaled free of debris, your hygienist will use a soft rubber-cup or air-polisher to polish away surface stains. You’ll have a smoother, brighter surface left behind!