Dental HygienePeriodontal (or gum) health is a high priority for our hygiene team. The hygienist perform cleanings, or prophylaxis on our patients who have healthy gums. This procedure is done several times a year. Frequently, patients present with periodontal disease, which can be a silent infection, without symptoms. The hygienists are trained to detect the problems, and along with the dentist, treat the problem areas. We have a new exciting material called Arestin, that assists us in treating periodontal disease. Arestin is an antibiotic that is gently placed around the teeth that are cleaned to help the area heal and return to normal.