In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home.  We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed.  Our doctors and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching) & TMJ.

If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend non-surgical periodontal therapy.  These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.

Oral Cancer Screenings

During a dental exam, the doctor and hygienist will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.

Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.

Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy-
Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the dental hygienist or dentist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums can cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to pain, gum damage, bone loss, and even tooth loss.


The mouth is comprised of four quadrants, upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right.  Dependent on the areas of concern based on your periodontal evaluation the procedure will involve one or multiple quadrants. Our hygienist or dentist will discuss with you your specific needs.  Often, this procedure requires multiple appointments.

This therapy removes plaque and tartar in order to help restore the health of your teeth and gums.