Cleaning and Periodontal Disease Care

Regular dental cleanings are an essential element of good dental health. We recommend our patients have a professional cleaning every 6 months to help prevent excessive plaque build-up and help us catch any problems early.

Cleaning Appointments

At Smith Mountain Lake Dental Practice, your dental cleaning is performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. This appointment will involve:

  • Plaque removal: Plaque is a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate.
  • Tooth polishing: This procedure 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.
  • Detailed examination: If you have advanced periodontal disease or other oral health issues, we can provide referrals to excellent specialists, such as a periodontist.

Each appointment will be focused on improving your oral health and helping you maintain your great smile!

Periodontal Care

Gum disease is a serious problem among American adults. We want to do our part by helping you detect and combat gum disease in your own mouth. Your exam will include a check for any tell-tale signs of this common oral health problem.

If you are suffering from any stage of periodontal disease, we can help by providing a thorough cleaning, which we refer to as scaling. This type of cleaning helps us remove tartar. This tartar irritates your gums and provides a place for bacteria to flourish in your mouth.

Scaling is a comfortable procedure at Smith Mountain Lake Dental Care! Cavitron is an ultrasonic device that quickly and comfortably removes tartar from your teeth. Your cleaning will leave you feeling clean and healthy again when you walk out of our office!

Patient Education

We want to make sure that you leave our office with the knowledge you need to successfully take care of your own teeth and gums.

We strive to teach you how to effectively clean your teeth 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, rinse, mouthwash, and floss.

We believe that giving you the power to take responsible care of your own oral health is the best thing we can do for your teeth and overall well-being!

If you’re wondering whether your child is brushing properly, just let us know. We’ll let him or her demonstrate their brushing during a visit. We’ll correct any bad habits they may have developed. We’ll do everything we can to make hygiene fun and rewarding! 

The Healthcare You Deserve

We strive toward excellence in everything we do. We feel confident in offering you an incredible dental experience, but you don’t have to just take our word for it.

Our patients consistently leave the office feeling happier, healthier, and well-cared-for. From serious dental procedures all the way down to regular dental cleanings, our patients have no hesitation when they declare that our services are truly outstanding!

A Healthy Smile Is Its Own Reward!

The best reward is a clean bill of dental health at your next visit! Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our teeth cleaning methods and processes!