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Professional Teeth Cleanings

Maintain Your Smile with Teeth Cleaning!

The happy, healthy mouth feeling you get after a good teeth cleaning is invaluable. Visiting a dental professional at least twice a year is an important part of your oral hygiene regimen. Professional teeth cleaning removes the tartar you just can’t get to at home, and regular exams will ensure your teeth and mouth are in good health.

Oral Health

Proper home care is the first step in maintaining oral health – brushing, flossing, drinking plenty of water. Professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need will help with the deeper cleaning and oral health. These visits, referred to as “dental prophylaxis”, are performed by a board certified dental hygienist whose training specializes in keeping patients maintained in optimum oral health. Our dental hygienist carefully removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from those hard to reach areas and teaches and encourages proper preventive home care techniques.

Visits at least every six months helps to insure that gum health (Periodontal) is maintained. During these visits, Dr. Neal also performs an exam of the entire mouth to insure that oral health is properly maintained

During preventative exams, our professionals look for tooth decay and gum disease so that they can be diagnosed before they advance to a worsened state.

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.

Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cheri Neal for your next teeth cleaning or preventative exams as needed. Simply contact us by calling our office at 303.766.1915 or use the form to your right to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Cheri Neal.

Dental Exams

Benefits of Regular Tooth and Mouth Care

A comprehensive dental exam by your dentist takes place at your initial dental visit.  Regular check-up exams with your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Look for tooth decay: All tooth surfaces are checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examine condition of existing dental work: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

 

Schedule your appointment on the form to your right to find out more about Dental Exams and  how the team at Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your mouth healthy or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915

Are Digital Dental X-rays Safe?

Digital Dental x-rays Safety – What do You need to Know?

Digital Dental X-rays safer, faster, more comfortable

 

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays use a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.

 • SAFER • REDUCES TIME
• MORE COMFORTABLE

Digital x-rays are better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, we take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  How?

  • Only taking those x-rays that are necessary
  • Using lead apron shields to protect your body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

Your dental health needs determines what digital x-rays are needed.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full mouth series of digital dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check-up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Preventative Dental Services

Schedule your appointment on the form to your right.

Find out more about Digital Dental X Rays and how the team at Stonegate Meadows Dentistry can help keep your mouth healthy or call Dr. Cheri Neal today at 303-766-1915