Cleanings and Prevention

One of the core tenets of our practice is to focus on preventing problems before they start.  This is done through regular, quality hygiene visits with experienced and gentle hygienists that provide so much more than “just a cleaning.”  Cleaning appointments at our office include:

  • Thorough, professional removal of any stain and buildup on your teeth
  • Detailed examinations of your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth
  • Discussions and advice about your oral hygiene and nutritional habits
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Unrushed time with the hygienist and dentist to answer any questions or concerns

WHY ARE CLEANINGS IMPORTANT?

Regular, professional dental cleanings are one of the most effective ways to keep your mouth healthy, both now and in the future.  Visiting the dentist to have your teeth professionally examined and cleaned, at least twice per year, is important for many reasons:

  • Even patients with great brushing and flossing habits at home have difficult-to-clean areas that build up stain, plaque, and tartar.  This buildup needs to be removed by skilled hygienists before it leads to more serious problems like gum inflammation, gingivitis, periodontitis, cavities, and tooth loss.
  • We perform an oral cancer exam at each hygiene visit, allowing us to visualize your gums, cheeks, tongue, throat, and floor of mouth for any lumps, bumps, or growths that look suspicious.  Regular visits help us detect and treat any of these issues at their earliest stage.
  • Frequent professional cleanings help catch and prevent gum and tooth problems before they start. 
  • If you’re missing a specific area when brushing, we can inform and correct your technique before a gum issue or cavity starts.
  • If you already have a problem, we can detect it early and fix it quickly before it grows and more extensive procedures are needed (like gum treatment, crowns, or root canals).

WHAT IF I AM NERVOUS OR HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH?

Our goal is always to make our patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible when receiving treatment.  We know many people don’t enjoy visiting the dentist or having their teeth cleaned due to previous poor experiences or sensitivity that makes things uncomfortable.  Our office prioritizes your comfort – let us show you that these visits don’t have to be painful or unpleasant!

  • It all starts with hygienists and doctors that truly care about how you feel.  We prioritize thorough yet gentle care that keeps you smiling and minimizes discomfort.
  • Longer appointment blocks in the schedule allow us to be unrushed, hear questions and concerns, form an individualized plan that’s perfect for you, and to proceed at your pace.
  • We use laughing gas and anti-sensitivity rinses, toothpastes, and numbing gels to make your visits pleasant and enjoyable.