Brushing and flossing are an important part of ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy. Regular visits to Dr. Connelly for cleanings and exams will also help keep your smile beautiful. At our St. Johns office, we offer cleaning and exams to help prevent damage and keep your teeth looking their best.
Every six months, it’s important to see Dr. Connelly and his team for a professional cleaning. Starting at your child’s first visit, we work with patients of all ages to help ensure that good cleaning habits are developed. The process of a teeth cleaning includes:
Scaling: Using a small handheld tool, tarter will be removed from your teeth by gently scraping it away.Getting rid of this buildups prevents it from causing damage to your teeth and gums.
Polishing: A small rubber motorized head is used to polish your teeth. By smoothing the surface of your teeth, they will look shiny and clean. It also makes it harder for plaque to buildup on teeth due to their new smooth surface.
Fluoride: After your teeth have been cleaned and polished a fluoride treatment might be recommended to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. To make this process more pleasant. This gel, rinse or varnish comes in flavors such as mint, cherry, and strawberry.
Depending on your oral health and current condition, exams such as x-rays may be recommended as frequent as every 6 months or as infrequently as every few years. These exams helps Dr. Connelly spot cavities and other issues that may be damaging your oral health before they become a serious health complication. Some of the things looked for during an exam include:
- Overall health and oral hygiene
- Risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
- Need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- Checking your bite and jaw for problems
- Assess your need for fluoride
- Digital X-rays or other diagnostic procedures
Contact Your St. Johns Dentist For A Cleaning And Exam Today
Dental cleanings are usually done in under an hour and are pretty painless. Dr. Connelly will make sure your teeth are clean and healthy, while checking for signs of any complications or issues that may need treatment. Schedule your cleaning and exam appointment today!