Dentists are not your typical doctors. We like to see you before you have any pain or teeth issues. This way we can help you learn how to take care of your teeth and hopefully help prevent any cavities from forming.
When you visit us, one of the people you will meet is a dental hygienist. Dental Hygienists are specially trained to remove plaque, tartar (calculus), and stains, which are harmful to your teeth. Our hygienist will counsel you on how to best care for your teeth at home. In some cases, they can offer some aids that might make it easier for you to take care of your teeth. It is important to have your teeth professionally cleaned every 3-6 months. Your dental hygienist will determine how frequently you should be seen.
The frequency of professional teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and gums. For example, healthy children and adults should have their teeth cleaned at least every 6 months. If you're a smoker or have gum inflammation, bleeding gums, gum disease, extensive restorative work or have invested in veneers, you should visit your hygienist more frequently then twice a year for proper maintenance in order to retain ideal oral health. By having your teeth professionally cleaned every 3-6 months, not only are we removing the acid-forming bacteria that break down your tooth's enamel surface, but we can also detect problems and intervene when we discover something harmful. Through periodic radiographs (x-rays) and examinations by a doctor, as well as routine cleanings, we will help you achieve and preserve your smile.