"I need to get my teeth cleaned"....This is probably the first thing you think of when coming to the dentist. Cleanings (known in dental speak as a "prophylaxis" or "prophy", for short) are extremely important to your dental health as well as overall physical health. Everyone knows that regularly scheduled maintenance is the key to a properly running machine, and your mouth is no different. It's the gateway to your body and a very important part of your daily life.
That's why we recommend coming in to see our amazing hygienists, Jodi or Kelly, for a cleaning on a regular basis. They will not only clean your teeth, but educate you about the state of your oral health. We will assess your periodontal condition (aka the current heath of your gums) and make recommendations specifically for you. We will also show you how to properly care for your smile and give you tips and tools to get started. (new paragraph) We like to see patients starting at the age of one year old (see this online handout from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) for more information). We welcome patients of all ages to our practice, and are proud to be your partner in excellent oral hygiene!