Professional teeth cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and cleans areas that might be difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. Regular teeth cleaning by a dental professional helps prevent gum disease. We offer a gentle, professional cleaning to ensure that you have a comfortable, positive experience.
When you come to us for a regular cleaning, we also perform a thorough examination. In addition to digital x-rays, we use advanced cavity detection methods. We apply a special light to your teeth to discover small cavities that the x-ray does not show and to expose cavities behind existing fillings. By diagnosing tooth decay early, we reduce the size of the restoration, which preserves more of the natural tooth structure and keeps the cost of treatment low.
We also screen and check for peridontal (gum) disease. Early detection and treatment is key to maintaining the health of your gums and bone, which is the foundation for your teeth. During the examination, we also use an intraoral camera to show you problem areas in your mouth and teach you ways to improve them. With this information, you will be better equipped to manage your oral health when you are at home. We believe that educating our patients increases their opportunity for preventing cavities and gum disease.