Is it time you visited a dentist for a comprehensive checkup? If so, you will want to make an appointment to see Dr. Thomas F. Herlihy at our practice, Easton Smiles. Dr. Herlihy is a highly-trained expert in general, cosmetic, pediatric, endodontic and periodontal dentistry. He has over 13 year’s experience serving the community. As an expert North Easton dentist, Dr. Herlihy will provide the finest in dental care; he stresses the important role dental hygiene and clean teeth play in keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
Our North Easton dentist will make sure that his patients have healthy smiles, in part by providing them with routinely scheduled professional teeth cleanings. The tooth cleaning is very important, as it removes tartar near and slightly below the gum line. Tartar is mineralized plaque that develops when plaque is left on teeth due to poor at-home brushing and flossing techniques. When bacteria-ridden plaque is left on teeth, over a short period of time it will become hardened, and form tartar. Once tartar forms it can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning, using professional dental teeth cleaning instruments. No amount of brushing or flossing can remove tartar from the teeth. If left unchecked, this tartar and bacteria will form deep pockets between the teeth and gums, where it will work to destroy the jawbone. Once this occurs, teeth will loosen and will be lost, if the deep pockets are not treated.
At the office of our North Easton dentist, Easton Smiles, your tooth cleaning will include tooth scaling and tooth polishing. Dental instruments will be used to loosen and remove tartar deposits from your teeth. It is generally recommended that patients receive professional teeth cleanings every six months. If your gums are in need of additional attention, or you have a medical issue that can affect your gum health, it may be recommended that you come in a bit more often for teeth cleanings. After a teeth cleaning you may be offered a fluoride treatment which will work to further strengthen your teeth. It is recommended that you have a comprehensive dental exam once a year, to keep on top of any developing oral health problems. If you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Herlihy, our North Easton dentist, contact us today at Easton Smiles. We look forward to welcoming you and your entire family into our dental practice.