Professional Dental Cleanings
Everyone loves the smooth feeling and shiny look of their teeth after a professional dental cleaning. However, there is much more to your visit. Our hygiene visits also include an oral cancer screening. We check for lumps and bumps, bone loss, tooth decay and evaluate the health of existing restorations. We can also check blood pressure and send the results to your doctor, if needed.
Professional dental cleanings form the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Dental cleanings remove buildup and stain above your gum line. If buildup appears below the gum line, it indicates gum disease and often requires a more involved type of treatment. Preventing disease is certainly preferable to treating disease!
Did you forget to brush?
Most people are aware they should brush and floss their teeth. But, few people realize that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect against a variety of health problems! When you don’t brush and floss effectively or frequently enough, the bacteria in your mouth multiplies on your teeth and gums. Colonies of bacteria then cause destructive changes that damage your teeth, gums and jawbone. In addition to getting cavities, gum disease, pain and infection, the bacteria enters your blood stream and increases your risk for systemic problems like heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, diabetes complications and pregnancy complications.
You are in control of you oral health
This is the good news… it’s your mouth! You can control your oral health by establishing a habit of brushing and flossing twice daily. Use a soft toothbrush, the proper technique and quality fluoride toothpaste. There are advanced toothpastes, rinses and electric toothbrushes, so you can do a much more thorough job at home than was possible in the past. The most effective thing you can do is to call the office for an evaluation of your condition. We will offer advice as to which of the many new products are right for you.