Professional Dental Exams
in Palm Harbor, FL

A bright and healthy smile is an asset and a sign of good oral health. Keeping that sparkle might appear simple, but it can take more than daily brushing and flossing. It’s important to consider regular dental cleanings to maintain your overall dental health for many years.
At Dunedin Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental cleaning services to target plaque, tartar, and early signs of gum disease and promote healthy dental habits.

Our Dental Cleaning Services

Prophylaxis Cleaning

Prophylaxis cleanings are routine dental cleanings for individuals without gingivitis or gum disease. By carefully removing plaque and tartar build-up that regular brushing and flossing might miss, this cleaning method helps prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease.

Gingivitis Therapy

Gingivitis therapy targets the early signs of gum disease, primarily inflammation and bleeding of the gums. This gentle yet practical treatment involves deep cleaning processes, such as scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. Early intervention with Gingivitis therapy can reverse the symptoms and prevent progression to more severe forms of gum disease, safeguarding your oral health.

What Happens During Our Dental Cleaning Procedure

Step 1: Oral Examination

Before the cleaning process begins, we will perform an oral examination to check the overall health of your mouth. We use a small mirror to inspect teeth and gums for signs of gingivitis, cavities, or other potential issues.

Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar

Our dentist carefully removes plaque and tartar buildup from between teeth and around the gum line using specialized tools. Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-filled film that can harden into tartar if not removed. Tartar, in turn, can lead to gum disease if ignored, which is why this step is crucial for maintaining oral health.

Step 3: Expert Flossing

Even if you’re a pro at home, nothing beats an expert flossing session. Our dentist carefully cleans between your teeth and under the gumline to remove any remaining plaque or food particles. This step also identifies spots you might be missing during your daily routine.

Step 4: Deep Cleaning and Polishing

We deep clean the teeth using a high-powered electric brush and gritted toothpaste after removing plaque and tartar. This step removes any lingering tartar and polishes the teeth, leaving them smooth and shiny.

Step 5: Fluoride Treatment

The final step in dental cleaning often involves a fluoride treatment. This natural mineral helps strengthen tooth enamel, making teeth more resistant to decay. The treatment usually comes in the form of a sticky paste or a mouthwash that you’re asked to keep in your mouth for a minute or two.

Why Are Regular Dental Cleanings Important?

  • Prevents Cavities. The main culprit behind tooth decay is plaque, a sticky, acidic substance that clings to your teeth. Dental cleanings remove plaque effectively, reducing your risk of cavities.

  • Detects Dental Problems Early. Frequent dental checkups allow them to identify issues early on, when they are easier to treat, such as gum disease, cavities, or oral cancer.

  • Stops Tooth Loss. Among adults, gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss because it is the result of accumulated plaque. Frequent cleanings help stop tooth loss and maintain healthy gums.

  • Brightens Your Smile. Dental cleanings remove stains from coffee, tea, wine, or tobacco, leading to a brighter, more attractive smile.

  • Freshens Breath. Good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure your breath stays fresh. Regular cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that cause bad breath.

Experience Quality Dental Cleaning in Palm Harbor, FL at Dunedin Family Dentistry

Investing in your oral health by scheduling regular dental cleanings is a major step toward maintaining your dazzling smile and overall health. Dunedin Family Dentistry ensures you get the best cleaning and an anxiety-free dental experience in a warm and comfortable environment. Make your oral health maintenance a priority.

Book your appointment today and allow us to preserve your precious smile through our quality dental cleanings.