Preventive Dental Care

Have your teeth cleaned regularly by friendly and professional dentists in our office

With regular cleanings and exams you’ll be completely confident that you have healthy gums and teeth all  the time. When you hear people say you should go to the dentist every six months, they are right. This routine treatment is going to be one of your biggest defenses in the lifelong fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Visit our office for comfortable, professional teeth cleaning to keep your smile healthy and bright.

Teeth Cleaning Overview: What Makes It Special?

Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is incredibly important. However, it is not enough to fully protect your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning works to remove any buildup and plaque that your toothbrush and floss simply cannot handle on their own. If allowed to build up over time, this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and additional problems. Our specialized dental instruments gently yet effectively remove any buildup to keep your keep sparkling clean.

When you come in for a routine cleaning, we strive to ensure the experience is comfortable and enjoyable. We want our patients to leave our office with newly refreshed smiles.

What Is the Cleaning Process Like?

Step 1: A Quick Exam

During teeth cleanings, your hygienist or dentist will give you a dental exam to look for any issues. Your teeth and gums will be checked for infection or inflammation to determine if it’s fine to proceed with the cleaning. If you have regular visits, this step should go by quickly.

Step 2: Removing Buildup

Plaque and tartar will be removed using a scaler. The more tartar you have, the more your dentist will need to scrape your teeth to thoroughly clean them. We work carefully during this step to ensure you stay comfortable. If you have regular visits, this part is usually quite fast. Keep in mind that tartar is caused by hardened plaque, which in turn develops because of a lack of brushing and flossing. So if this part of the cleaning treatment is the least of your favorite, regular brushing and flossing can help make it even shorter!

Step 3: Polishing It Up

When your teeth are free of tartar, your teeth will be brushed with a high-powered electric brush to further clean and polish your teeth. The machine can sound a little loud to some patients, but it actually is quite a gentle experience. Some patients even say it feels a bit like a nice tooth and gum massage.

Step 4: Flossing for Leftovers

After the professional brushing, your teeth will then be flossed to remove any leftover plaque or toothpaste from the cleaning process.

Step 5: Rinse and Protect

Next, your mouth will be rinsed and then applied with a fluoride treatment to add protection to your teeth that will last for some time.

After your cleaning, we recommend avoiding eating for at least half an hour to an hour to let the fluoride treatment settle. But other than that, you can get right back to your daily life without a problem (but with brighter and cleaner teeth!).