Howard County Smiles recommends that patients of all ages visit our Columbia, MD dentist office twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning as part of comprehensive disease prevention. A dental cleaning performed by our highly trained dental hygienists can offer thorough removal of plaque from all tooth surfaces, preventing tooth decay and the development of gum disease. While your teeth are being cleaned, it’s also a good opportunity for Dr. Ray Becker and his staff to screen for any signs of other problems such as gum disease or tooth decay.
If Dr. Becker discovers any signs of gum disease, prompt treatment is recommended. Gum disease is a progressive disease that can lead to painful symptoms including bleeding gums or even tooth loss. Howard County Smiles offers effective treatments to help you eliminate gum disease and correct any damage done. This can range from scaling and root planing that remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.
Tooth decay is very common and the treatment for it is easy if it is found and treated in the early stages. Cavities will not go away on their own and will continue to get worse without treatment. A tooth filling will be performed when decay is present. If left untreated, a tooth may require a more invasive treatment such as a root canal.
Our office is family oriented offering dentistry for children as well as adults. We provide each of our patients with a friendly, personalized and gentle experience. If we see signs of instability, we can help you avoid bigger problems down the road with conservative treatment options and techniques to maintain your oral health at home.
Teeth Cleaning: What to Expect
Our highly trained and experienced dental hygienists at Howard County Smiles near Columbia, MD will perform a very thorough exam and teeth cleaning using a special set of tools designed just for this purpose. Our hygienist will help you feel relaxed and calm before treatment and will answer any questions you may have. First, the dental hygienist will do an oral examination to evaluate the health of your oral tissues.
The teeth cleaning will take place next using either an ultrasonic scaler or metal instruments referred to as curettes to remove the plaque and calculus from the tooth surfaces. Finally, your teeth are polished with a low-speed rotary brush fitted with a soft rubber tip. A slightly gritty, toothpaste-like gel is applied, and the tip spins around and polishes the teeth, making them smooth and shiny.
A professional teeth cleaning helps to eliminate disease-causing bacteria. Patients who receive bi-annual teeth cleanings enjoy cleaner, whiter, healthier smiles. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their cleaning and enjoy a fresh, clean feeling after treatment.
At home, brushing and flossing at least twice a day can help keep your teeth clean in between your professional cleanings. Our Columbia, MD dentist office staff can help patients of all ages learn practical techniques for brushing and flossing for improved oral health.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Becker
Looking for an Ellicott City, MD or Columbia, MD area dentist for your family? Dr. Becker is currently accepting new patients ages 3 and older. Call our office at (410) 415-9013 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting the oral health needs of you and your family.