Regular dental cleanings are an essential element of good dental health. We recommend our patients have an office cleaning every 6 months to help prevent excessive plaque build-up and catch any problems early.
At Smith Mountain Lake Dental Practice, your dental cleaning is performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. This appointment will involve:
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate
- Tooth polishing: Removes plaque and stain that is not removed during brushing and scaling
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Tartar is a hardened calcified deposit that forms on the teeth and contributes to their decay.
- If you have advanced periodontal disease, or needs, we work closely with the finest of specialists. We will recommend a referral to a Periodontist.
We also strive to teach you how to clean your teeth better in-between your regular visits. This makes your visit even more pleasant and enjoyable. We can offer tips and advice concerning brush selection, brushing technique, and the right kind of toothpaste, rinses, mouthwashes and floss. If you’re wondering whether your child is brushing properly, just let us know. We’ll let him or her demonstrate their brushing during their visit and we’ll correct any bad habits they may have developed. We’ll do everything we can to make hygiene fun and rewarding. The best reward is a clean bill of dental health at your next visit!