Teeth Cleaning Marietta Dentist
Teeth cleanings in Marietta
Getting your teeth professionally cleaned and checked by a Marietta dentist regularly is the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums and to prevent serious problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer and tooth loss. J and J Dental is a comprehensive dental practice located in Marietta, GA, offering dental cleanings and check-ups to patients in Marietta and the surrounding metro Atlanta cities.
During your initial visit to J and J Dental, Dr. John Bishara will perform a comprehensive dental examination, and if necessary, we may suggest diagnostic and preventive dental services, as well as any needed educational information, which are all designed to help you maintain your smile’s health.
Diagnostic services include:
- Reviewing and updating medical history, including information about heart problems, diabetes and medications, which may have an impact on your oral health
- Oral cancer examination and screening
- Evaluation of gum tissue and periodontal probing
- Checking biting, chewing and swallowing patterns
- X-rays and examination of the teeth to detect decay
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Nutritional counseling
- Removal of plaque and tartar to prevent Periodontal Disease
- Stain Removal
- Fluoride treatment
- Polishing teeth, including fillings and crowns
- Cleaning of dentures and partials
Renee’, our Registered Dental Hygienist not only will make your teeth shine, but educate you on how you can keep that “dentist clean” feeling longer with personalized brushing and flossing techniques along with product recommendations. Renee’ provides thorough cleanings that removes plaque and tartar from your teeth to get them looking great and feeling healthy. We take digital x-rays with very low radiation as needed to help detect for cavities. During dental checkups, Dr. Bishara checks for signs of problems including tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, oral cancer and more.
Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping Dr. Bishara detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults. Your Marietta dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need X-rays.
If you are a new patient, Dr. John Bishara may recommend X-rays to determine the present status of your oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. A new set of X-rays may be needed to help Dr. Bishara detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth. If a previous dentist has any radiographs of you, please have them forwarded to us via email. You can always ask both dentists to help you with forwarding your X-rays.
Although the digital X-rays that we take at J and J Dental have very minimal radiation, we take an additional step and place a lead apron with an attached thyroid collar on all of our patients so that they are fully protected.
To complete your visit, the hygienist will apply a topical fluoride treatment. The foam fluoride is dispensed into a Styrofoam mouth tray and bathes the teeth for 4 minutes. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride is recommended for both children and adults as it reverses early decay by speeding up the re-mineralization process and disrupting harmful acid production. Patients are instructed to not eat or drink for 30 minutes following a fluoride treatment as the fluoride continues to absorb into the teeth.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the pits and fissures (grooves) on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Why is sealing a tooth better than waiting for decay and filling the cavity?
Decay damages teeth permanently. Sealants protect them. Sealants can save time, money, and the discomfort sometimes associated with dental fillings. Fillings are not permanent. Each time a tooth is filled, more drilling is done and the tooth becomes a little weaker.