What are Dental Cleanings?

Keeping your teeth healthy and clean requires more than diligent brushing and flossing at home. In many cases, plaque will build upon different areas of the teeth, hardening into a chalky white substance known as tartar. The only safe way to remove tartar buildup is with a professional cleaning performed by a registered hygienist. At most cleaning appointments one of our dentists will complete a dental exam for you to ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible.

Why are Dental Cleanings necessary?

Even with excellent home care, all patients benefit from regular professional cleanings as our specialized hygiene instruments are the only way to remove the hard to reach buildup on your teeth and maintain optimum gum health. Regular cleanings help to prevent gum disease.  Excellent preventive care is one of the core values of our dental practice.

How often should you come in for Dental Cleanings?

For patients with healthy gums, we usually recommend a professional cleaning every six months.  Patients with advanced gum disease often benefit from more frequent cleanings.  We tailor your care to your specific needs!  If it has been a long time since your last cleaning, we encourage you to come see us.  We will offer compassionate care in a judgement free manner.

What can you expect at the appointment for Dental Cleanings?

The appointment will begin with a professional cleaning. This is performed by a licensed registered dental hygienist who uses special instruments to clear away heavy tartar buildup and surface stains. Your teeth are then polished and carefully flossed before the gums are checked for signs of inflammation or infection. Once the cleaning has been completed, we come in to perform the exam. The exam allows us to check for signs of tooth decay, loose or broken restorations and even oral cancer. To make your future appointments easier, we'll pre-schedule them before you leave the office.

If you think you might benefit from a cleaning and exam, call our office today so that one of our helpful staff members can further assist you.

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