Professional Cleanings At Stevenson Family Dentistry
Why Are Professional Cleanings So Important?
The top two reasons adults lose teeth are cavities and gum disease, which is why, on top of a good dental hygiene routine, regular professional cleaning appointments are so crucial. Even the best daily brushing and flossing won’t get every bit of plaque between teeth and along the gum lines, and that plaque eventually hardens into tartar. Professional cleaning gets rid of all that tartar and keeps your teeth and gums on track to stay healthy.
How Often Should I Come In For Cleanings?
In general, patients should schedule basic cleaning appointments twice a year, but it’s important to talk to Dr. Stevenson about their individual dental health needs. Patients with risk factors for developing gum disease may need more frequent cleanings, and diabetic patients often require as many as four cleanings per year to fight back against the attendant oral health difficulties.
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain excellent oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine.
We use a new procedure and technology called Ultrasonic Piezo Teeth Scaler, which produces less vibration and noise, making the cleaning experience better for our patients. We now employ laser therapy, which can treat:
Tooth decay – Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling.
Gum disease – Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
Biopsy or lesion removal – Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
Teeth whitening – Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is “activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.
Our office uses Fluoride treatments to aid our patients in their oral health. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay.
Cavities don’t know what age you are.
We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene, please ask at your next visit.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Healthy gums are essential to oral hygiene, as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists.
Schedule Your Next Cleaning With Stevenson Family Dentistry
If it’s been six months or longer since your last appointment, what are you waiting for? Give us a call at (904) 268-4466 or send us a email today to schedule your next one. We want to give our patients all the tools they need to fight back against cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.