Teeth Cleaning and Dental Hygiene

Everyday brushing and flossing can give you a great head-start to good oral hygiene. But did you know that only professional cleanings can remove plaque buildup and prevent gum disease? Routine cleanings with our dentist or dental hygienists are essential in improving and maintaining your dental hygiene and overall oral health.

No matter how meticulous you are or how hard you try to clean your teeth at home, you simply cannot do nearly as good of a job as a licensed dental hygienist with a specialized cleaning kit. A dental hygienist can clean all of the dental calculus and plaque from even the hardest places to find on your teeth or under your gums, making them healthy again and less prone to bleeding, bone loss, and bad breath.

Making a Healthy Smile at Hillsboro Dental Excellence

One of the most effective ways to keep your smile healthy is to come into our dental clinic for regular teeth cleanings every few months with our friendly and gentle dental hygienists. Consistent professional and thorough cleanings with our dentist and dental hygienists can keep away dental problems like gum disease.

Most patients should come to see us every six months. Still, some patients with deeper gum pockets and more difficult cases, should routinely see us every three to four months as recommended by the American Dental Association guidelines, especially patients with dental implants.

A teeth cleaning is a simple and easy treatment that can save your teeth and gums. Dr. Skinner will also perform a full professional dental exam that may include the following:

  • Digital dental x-rays
  • A digital dental health scan
  • Thorough dental examination
  • Airway/ snoring / sleep apnea examination
  • Orthodontic examination
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease screening

Our goal is to make sure you are as healthy as possible. We can detect cavities with low-emission digital x-rays and no-radiation near-infrared caries (NIRI) dental health scans with our high-resolution laser scanner. Dr. Skinner can also look for signs and symptoms of more serious dental issues, so you can address them before they become painful or expensive problems.

What Is a Dental Health Scan?

A dental health scan utilizes our ultra-high-resolution digital dental scanner to scan your teeth in extreme detail so that we will have a record of your teeth at our practice. We can use the dental health scan in the future to look back on and see if you have lost any tooth structure due to grinding your teeth. We can also use it to see if your gums have been receding.

Having a digital record of your teeth also allows us to see if your teeth have shifted or become more crowded. This record can also be used if you have an accident where you lose a tooth to give you a new tooth the very same day!

Cleaning Your Teeth Effectively and Efficiently

We encourage our patients to brush at least twice a day and to floss once a day. Regular dental hygiene practices can keep your teeth feeling good and looking great. Our dental hygienists can also show you and your family some very effective methods for brushing and flossing to keep you healthy.

Dentistry for children includes dental hygiene education and is an essential part of childhood development. Your kids can have an excellent chance at a healthy smile for life when you start them off with the right habits.

When Should My Kids Start Visiting the Dentist?

We would love to see your child when they start getting their permanent adult teeth. We want to help your child enjoy visits to the dentist, not be afraid of them. Our friendly and caring dental team can work with your child to provide a calming atmosphere and experience in our office.

As your child grows, we can keep an eye on how your child’s facial skeleton, teeth, and airways develop. Dr. Skinner can catch dental issues early on and recommend treatments that can prevent more severe problems down the road. Undiagnosed sleep apnea in children affects their brains’ development, so it can have massive effects on their test scores now and into college if their brains are developing with insufficient oxygen levels in their blood every night.

Contact Us Today to Find Out How We Can Improve Your Oral Health!

Are you looking for a dentist’s office with a friendly and experienced dental team? Contact us today to schedule a teeth cleaning and exam for you and your family! We are excited to meet you and show you how we can help.