Teeth CleaningAn Overview
Regular visits to the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam are critical for the prevention of dental problems. You will find that a visit to Harford County Dentistry is unlike any other visit to the dentist. Our routine examinations and dental cleanings are comprehensive and address the signs of tooth decay and cavities, gum disease, tooth wear, oral cancer and occlusal (bite) instability.
Dr. Melissa Elliott and the American Dental Administration recommend bi-annual visits to the dentist (every six months). Some patients, however, may benefit from more frequent visits to ensure optimal dental health. Our family dentist office offers the convenience of comprehensive dental care for the entire family.
Schedule a Consultation
Looking for a dentist that offers dental cleanings in Bel Air, MD? Dr. Elliott is currently accepting new patients! Contact our office or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting the oral health and cosmetic needs.
Teeth Cleaning What to Expect
During your teeth cleaning, one of our registered dental hygienist will use special tools to clean your teeth. Using a tool called a scaler and a small mirror, they will scrap away built up plaque and tarter along the gum line and in between your teeth. This is typically not painful but you may experience minor discomfort and hear some scraping if they need to apply more than usual pressure in certain spots. The more build up you have, the more they will need to scrape away.
Once your teeth are plaque and tarter free, your hygienist will use a high powered electric toothbrush and toothpaste to thoroughly clean your teeth. The purpose of this gritty toothpaste is to deep clean your teeth and to get rid of any remaining tartar. It is safe to have this done every six months. Last, they will floss your teeth and rinse all the debris out of your mouth.
Routine teeth cleanings and dental examinations allow us to identify problems in the earliest stages for the most conservative treatment options. Preventative dental care and early diagnosis can help to prevent the development of advanced dental concerns such as gum disease, tooth loss, and gum recession.
Routine dental care is also an important aspect of post-restorative dental treatment care to ensure that your dental restorations continue to look and function their best. Dental implants, crowns, and other restorations can not develop tooth decay, but depend on the surrounding teeth and tissue to be healthy and functional for long term success.
You can expect to receive prompt attention during your visit to our Fallston dentist office. Dr. Melissa Elliott spends one-on-one time with each patient to discuss their goals and concerns. She spends time explaining treatment options to help you make the best decisions for your long-term dental health and happiness.
Dental Insurance And Payment Options
To make your family dentist visit as easy and stress-free as possible, we provide a number of financial services. We accept most major dental insurance and will submit claims on your behalf. We also accept cash, check and credit cards, as well as offer, interest-free financing options through CareCredit.