General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Dental Cleanings

Dental CleaningsThe best way to ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong, is to have your teeth cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist. In most cases, a dental cleaning is recommended every six months. Patients with gum disease may require cleanings every 3-4 months.

At your routine cleaning and check-up, the hygienist will start by taking x-rays of your teeth. X-rays provide the dentist with the information required to perform a complete examination. Next, the hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and hard-deposits called calculus. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that releases acid, attacking the protective outer layer of your tooth. Repeated attacks on the enamel weakens this layer and leads to tooth decay. Plaque that is not removed with regular brushing, will eventually harden into a hard material called calculus or tartar. Tartar buildup can lead to inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This is the early stage of periodontal disease, or gum disease.

After the hygienist has thoroughly cleaned and polished your teeth, Dr. Speer will perform an examination of all the teeth, as well as the surrounding tissues. After the examination is complete, Dr. Speer will discuss his findings with you. If treatment is recommended, he will go over the available treatment options, and will recommend the best option for your specific case.

Preventative Dental Care

Brushing Your Teeth

If you don’t want to get cavities, you have to brush your teeth. Here’s how to do it the right way.

Flossing Your Teeth

When two teeth are touching, it’s time to start flossing!

Professional Care and Sealants

Sealants are clear or white plastic coatings that are placed on the biting surface of the back teeth to prevent tooth decay.

UltraSonic Scaling Procedure

UltraSonic Scaling is one of the most effective procedures for removing plaque and tarter.