Maintaining your oral health is an important component of  your overall health.  There has been a lot of research linking oral disease to a number of other diseases including cardiac disease and diabetes.  Your first step is to have regular checkups. The ADA recommends cleanings every 6 months if you’ve never had gum problems or more frequently depending on your specific oral disease risk.  


At your initial cleaning visit, you will have:

  • X-rays: A full mouth series of 18 xrays unless this was done in the past five years.  If a current FMX is available then only 4 xrays of the posterior teeth will be taken and any other necessary to properly diagnose and treatment plan
  • A clinical exam which will document your dentition, including current fillings, new cavities, current bone levels, bleeding state, inflammation.  This data will be processed to give you a risk assessment for new cavities and gum disease.
  • If your gums are in good health a cleaning will be done followed by a polish and review of proper brushing and flossing techniques
  • If there is evidence of bone loss, significant bleeding or much tartar, then we will treatment plan a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) which will be done at the next visit.
  • A complete examination by the dentist to check all areas of the teeth and gums

At your six month cleaning, you will receive a cleaning and polish.  Once a year 4 bitewing x-rays will be taken. 

Our hygienists are very highly skilled and educated on all the new up-to-date technology and research. Their skill set includes:
  • Scaling and root planing which requires numbing of one side of the mouth and removal of tartar below the gums
  • Application of preventive materials to teeth (e.g. sealants)
  • After Dr.Carver removes decay and preps the tooth, our hygienist are skilled at restoring the cavity
  • Counseling patients on good nutrition and it's impact on oral health and overall health
  • Application of gaseous ozone treatment to incipient carious lesions, periodontal pockets and tooth sensitivity. Ozone offers a simple adjunctive therapy for managing periodontal disease along side conventional methods