Thorough, gentle dental cleanings in Mesa, AZ: An exceptional complement to excellent home care!

While you must consistently brush and floss when you can’t be at our office, home hygiene is insufficient to keep your smile at its healthy, attractive best. That is where Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter and the hygiene team at My Time Dental Centers in Mesa, AZ, come into play. We have the tools and training to effectively remove stubborn built-up bacterial plaque, tartar, and surface stains. We also have access to professional oral care products, technologies, and preventive services that enhance and complement care at home. 

The importance of professional cleanings

The standard cleaning is scheduled two times every year or once every six months. Even the most diligent and consistent brushers and flossers cannot remove all of the plaque constantly forming on their teeth. If this sticky film isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar or calculus. This hardened plaque can only be removed by our skilled hygienists and their specialized dental instruments. If allowed to flourish, plaque erodes the teeth and releases toxins that inflame the gums. Tooth decay and gum disease are the leading causes of tooth loss. So, these cleanings preserve your natural teeth. 

Such cleanings are also accompanied by oral exams and cancer screenings. We can detect underlying problems in their earliest stages before they produce symptoms and cause irreparable damage to the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. Dr. Schmelter may recommend a “deep clean,” or scaling and root planing depending on your needs. This process involves removing plaque and bacteria underneath the gum line and smoothing the tooth roots since rough surfaces attract bacteria. 

Our hygienists may also recommend and illustrate cleaning techniques or products that can help you better and more effectively clean back teeth or other areas where decay can hide and flourish. Preventive services, such as sealants, are safe coverings applied as a liquid to decay-prone back teeth. Once applied, they “seal out” bacteria and other nasties that can get trapped in the pits and grooves on the surfaces of molars. 

The ultrasonic difference 

My Time Dental Centers supports a gentle and pleasant experience in everything that we do. For this reason, we have invested in tools like ultrasonic scalers. This device is an alternative to manual scaling that scrapes away at the teeth. It pulsates at a high frequency to precisely and delicately remove plaque and tartar. Ultrasonic cleaning is an appropriate option for reaching plaque underneath the gum line, which otherwise would be missed with conventional tools. Patients with gum disease also appreciate getting a deep clean without painful pressure being placed on sensitive gums. 

We make time for the best experience possible at our office in Mesa, AZ. Call My Time Dental Centers at (623) 777-6456 to schedule your appointment.