Proper dental care includes brushing your teeth to remove plaque after every meal. We also recommend regular flossing to remove food and debris from the teeth and to keep healthy gums.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend you schedule a visit with us twice per year to have your teeth cleaned. However, if you have concerns with Periodontal Disease (very common in adults), Gingivitis, or other concerns then we will customize your treatment regimen and recommend the number of visits you should have annually or quarterly.
We also ask our patients to remember that getting your teeth cleaned twice per year does not resolve everything. For example, if you drink a lot of sodas or coffee, you may want to consider teeth whitening or other services that complement your regular cleaning.
There are three basic types of procedures to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth, and treat the areas above and below the gum line. The type of treatment right for you depends on our diagnosis.
This basic cleaning and polish is the most common, routine cleaning. During this cleaning, we remove surface stains and other debris only on each tooth’s surface above the gum line. We also scrape to remove tartar, plaque, and mineral deposits. Most insurance plans cover this type of cleaning.
This type of cleaning is typically necessary if you have not had your teeth cleaned for more than one year. It is also a common treatment for patients diagnosed with gingivitis. This cleaning removes heavy calcium and mineral deposits under the gum line that are fused to the tooth and roots. This type of cleaning is may require a longer appointment or may be broken up into two visits.
This type of treatment requires cleaning both above and below the gum line. Patients getting this treatment experience a non-surgical treatment that removes build up of minerals and calcium and smooths out exposed root surfaces and may include fluoride and local antibiotics. This level of care is more invasive and may be more painful because it’s necessary in moderate or advanced stages of gum disease. This treatment is often completed through the course of several visits because it is also followed by a normal cleaning and evaluation about 2-4 weeks after treatment along with periodontal maintenance visits in three month intervals until normal tissue health is achieved.
If it’s been more than year since your last dental cleaning, we are accepting online appointment requests. At the time of your call, we will make the best determination of the type of service you should meet with our dentist for. Whether you are a new or returning patient, you may receive a consultation before any treatment options are considered.