Professional Dental Cleanings (Semi-Annual Prophylaxis) – Salisbury, MD

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Overview

Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth expertly at home, it is still important to receive a professional cleaning at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher at least once a year, better if it is twice a year and for some people with problems, up to four times/year. Using state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment, a semi-annual professional cleaning eliminates bacterial plaque and tartar formations while polishing your enamel for a brighter, healthier smile. During your appointment, you can learn tips on better home oral care and discover any areas that need more attention. A professional cleaning will give Dr. Heher the opportunity to look for any conditions in the mouth that might require treatment. Getting a professional cleaning is a vital part of maintaining your oral health so schedule appointments for your family at our Salisbury, MD office. The old axiom, “a stitch in time saves nine” is often never more appropriate than in dentistry, as over 95% of people develop dental problems, and studies have proven that regular dentist visits promote better oral health over the years.  

Best Candidates

The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests people schedule professional dental cleanings twice each year. Infants should get their first dental exam between their first and second birthdays. After that, Dr. Heher will help you determine when your child is ready for their next appointment.

 A professional dental cleaning can prevent cavities since plaque buildup, the biggest cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease, is removed. A professional cleaning will also address tartar and stains on the enamel as well as a visual and palpatory exam for oral lesions, including oral cancer. If you would like to brighten your smile, freshen your breath, improve your oral health, and save money in the long run, schedule a professional cleaning for your whole family at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher.

What To Expect

Your dental cleaning will start by removing the plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth, which can be hard to treat on your own no matter how often you brush and floss. Advanced instruments are used to scale buildup without harming the tooth. To start, an ultrasonic device loosens bigger chunks of tartar and plaque with high-speed vibrations and a lubricating mist. Then, a fine handheld instrument will be used to remove the remaining pieces. Each tooth needs to be scaled to remove all the buildup. Once the teeth are clean, enamel will be polished to remove stains. If needed or requested, a fluoride treatment may be applied after the cleaning for those with high dental caries rates.

Follow-Up

Dr. Heher may suggest cleanings more frequently for some patients with concerns such as gum disease. During your treatment, Dr. Heher or a member of his team can help you develop a proper home routine for good oral health by demonstrating techniques or recommending products that will address your needs and more importantly, check to make sure you are doing the recommended techniques properly. These can be very beneficial for your teeth, overall health, and are cost beneficial; so make sure you schedule and attend your dental cleanings at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher.

Insurance Coverage

A professional cleaning is considered a preventive procedure so it is usually covered by dental insurance. Our office will contact your dental insurance provider to determine your specific coverage and then bill for any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, please talk to Dr. Heher about different payments we accept including medical financing should cost become a factor in your dental care.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Keep your teeth bright and healthy with professional cleanings twice each year at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Heher and his team work with patients to improve their oral health with professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar. As an important part of a proactive dental care plan, a dental cleaning can save you from pain and invasive treatments later. Contact our office to make appointments for yourself and your family.

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