Dr. Whitman will give you an oral exam and may use imaging or ask you questions to make a complete check of your overall oral health. Then she will discuss her findings with you.
A professional dental cleaning in our office differs from your brushing and flossing routine at home because each individual tooth is cleaned thoroughly. Depending on Dr. Whitman’s recommendation, you may also receive a fluoride treatment during your cleaning to help strengthen your tooth enamel.
Routine dental cleaning can reverse gingivitis, which is gum disease that is only present above the gumline. When plaque and tartar (the hardened form of plaque) have spread below the gumline, the condition is called periodontitis. A deep cleaning is needed to treat this. A deep cleaning involves using special dental tools under the gums to clean out the plaque and tartar.