Professional Dental Hygiene

We can’t over-emphasize the importance of routine professional cleanings for your teeth and gums.  Not only can we prevent conditions like gingivitis and tooth decay, we can also detect potential issues and advise on how you can change your dental hygiene habits to better care for your teeth.  Routine teeth cleanings are a benefit for your dental and overall health.

Who Needs Routine Teeth Cleanings?

Everyone over the age of four or five (for our younger patients, visit our page on Pediatric Dentistry) should visit the dentist for a professional hygiene appointment twice per year. Our gentle hygienists will inspect your gums for periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. The hygienists are specially trained to detect, deter, and treat gum disease. We prefer to help you maintain optimal oral health so that you never have to worry about gum disease. However, if you develop periodontal problems, we’re here to help you.

If we find cause for concern, we may recommend that you change your oral healthcare routine or the products you use at home. We may also suggest a deep cleaning, which involves:

  • Scaling to remove tartar from below the gum line
  • Root planing to smooth rough root surfaces where plaque builds up
  • Arestin antibiotic treatment to kill bacterial infection

Contact Southern Dental Associates

Contact us today if you’ re in the greater Winston-Salem area to schedule a routine dentist appointment and teeth cleaning.

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