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Professional Teeth Cleaning:  Why You Need It Marietta, GA

Professional Teeth Cleaning: Why You Need It

Perhaps you consider yourself as having excellent oral hygiene habits, you brush twice a day for two minutes each day with a fluoride toothpaste and you never miss a day of flossing. Your smile is looking and feeling great – so why do you still need to go to the dentist for a routine cleaning?

The truth is that even the most skilled and diligent patients miss hard-to-reach places on their teeth. If plaque hardens on your teeth and forms calculus, only your dentist can remove it. Your professional dental cleaning is much more extensive than your independent oral hygiene routine at home.

Here are three important steps in a cleaning performed by your hygienist or dentist:

  • Scaling: This procedure uses a scaler tool to remove hard calculus and tartar buildup. Scaling can be carried out by a manual scaler or an ultrasonic scaler, which uses powered vibrations and a stream of water to break up and wash away hardened tartar deposits.
  • Polishing: This step ensures you leave the dental office with a shiny clean smile. Polishing utilizes a handheld tool with a spinning rubber head. Your hygienist will polish all surfaces of your teeth to remove minor stains and provide a smooth surface to repel plaque and oral bacteria.
  • Fluoride: Typically, the final step of your cleaning will be a fluoride treatment. This is an essential mineral that strengthens your tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks and decay. Fluoride treatments can be administered using a rinse, gel, foam or varnish.

Remember that the above steps are confined to the cleaning portion of your dental checkup. You can also expect your dentist to exam your gums for signs of gum disease as well as provide an oral cancer screening. If it is time, a quick and painless digital x-ray may also be taken before you leave.

If you are a “gold star” dental patient, keep up the good work – but don’t forget that you still need a professional dental cleaning every six months. Most dental insurance plans cover preventative dental care each year, so scheduling your routine exams will maximize your coverage and your smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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