Professional Dental Cleaning
For a Fresh Smile That Really Shines
Regular dental cleaning appointments are one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent tooth loss.
Dr. Kevin Poupore offers comprehensive dental cleaning appointments so our patients in Malone, NY can enjoy fresher breath and a healthy, attractive smile.
Patients travel from all over the area to visit Dr. Poupore and experience our exceptional care, including people from Potsdam, Massena, Chateaugay, Norwood, Norfolk, and Akwesasne.
Questions & Answers
What happens during a dental cleaning?
Dental cleanings begin with a visual exam of the teeth and gums and a review of any concerns or symptoms the patient may be experiencing.
Next, the dentist or hygienist uses special instruments and mild abrasives to carefully clean the surfaces of each tooth, paying special attention to the areas between teeth and along the gum line to clear away built-up plaque and tartar and remove dangerous bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease.
During the cleaning, the hygienist or dentist will also look for areas where the patient may need to improve their brushing and flossing techniques, providing you with helpful tips so your at-home care routine can be optimized.
Once we’ve finished cleaning and polishing your smile, x-rays may be taken to provide the dentist with important information about the health of the tooth roots and underlying jawbone.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Both adults and children should visit our office in Malone for professional teeth cleaning twice a year to help prevent gum disease and make sure your smile stays clean and healthy.
What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?
In its early stage which is called gingivitis, gum disease often causes few noticeable symptoms. That’s why having routine cleanings is so important for your oral health. As gum disease progresses, it leads to symptoms such as red, tender, or swollen gums, tooth pain, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and routine cleanings are the best way to fight gum disease and preserve your oral health.
How is gum disease treated?
In its early stages, gum disease can usually be treated with regular dental cleanings to help prevent the formation of hard tartar deposits that harbor disease-causing bacteria.
More advanced forms of gum disease typically require in-depth cleaning procedures such as root planing and scaling to remove pockets of bacteria that form below the gum line and around the tooth roots.