• Mary Swift, D.D.S. | General Dentist
  • Terrel Myers, D.D.S. | General Dentist
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Professional Teeth Cleanings - Dallas, TX

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Overview

During every patient’s regular checkup, the teeth and mouth will be checked for health concerns and then the teeth will be professionally cleaned. During the cleaning, tartar, which can only be removed with dental instruments, and plaque, which can be removed with regular brushing and flossing at home, will be carefully scrapped off the surface of the tooth before the teeth are polished. At Dallas Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Terrel Myers work with their team of experienced hygienists to help each patient achieve their healthiest and brightest smile.

Best Candidate

All patients will receive a professional teeth cleaning during their semiannual checkup. We understand that many patients find the cleaning process uncomfortable or problematic if they have a strong gag reflex, so Dallas Laser offers several sedation techniques that can be used during your regular checkup exam and cleaning. Please speak to Dr. Swift, Dr. Myers, or your hygienist about possible sedation options that will help make your visit more pleasant.

What to Expect

Every teeth cleaning will start with one of our professional hygienists removing the tartar (hard calculus) from the visible teeth and the area just below the gum line. Brushing and flossing at home helps to remove or reduce plaque, but tartar can only be removed during a professional teeth cleaning. Once the teeth are cleaned of tartar and other build up, the hygienist will use an abrasive polish on the teeth to remove stains and whiten your smile.

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Prevention?

Patients can help make their visits to the dentist for cleanings easier by brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. During your dental exam and cleaning, the dentist or hygienist can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing technique to help you more effectively clean your teeth at home.

Dental Implants?

It is especially important for our patients who have dental implants, from a single tooth to a full set of dentures, come in regularly for an oral exam and dental cleaning. This allows Dr. Swift and Dr. Myers an opportunity to adjust the implants as needed for comfort and function, but it is also part of the patient’s responsibility to keeping their limited warranty coverage on our dental implants.

Types of Cleaning?

There are 5 different types of professional teeth cleanings that are used based on the condition of the patient’s teeth and mouth:

  • Prophylaxis (prophy) is a traditional cleaning with plaque and tartar removal followed by tooth polishing that is best for patients with healthy teeth and gums.
  • Full Mouth Debridement is used if the patient has a heavier than normal tartar build up, usually if they have not been to the dentist in more than a year.
  • Gingival Bacterial Reduction uses a laser light to disinfect the bacteria in gums pockets caused by gingivitis.
  • Site-Specific Laser Therapy uses more advanced tools like a laser light and ultrasonic scaler to disinfect bacteria deeper in the gum pockets and in the jaw bones.
  • Periodontal Maintenance uses specialized dental tools to clean the teeth of a patient who has or has had gum disease.

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