Please let us know immediately if you:
- Have pain in your mouth, jaw, temples or elsewhere
- Have bleeding gums
- Have sensitivity in any or all your teeth
- Snore or grind your teeth or have been told that you do
- Are experiencing nervousness or anxiety. We have a variety of ways we can help you feel more comfortable including very gentle care and sedation dentistry
- Have other concerns about your health, or simply if you have noticed or been informed of any changes to your overall health since your last visit
We will address these first. Then, we make sure you are comfortable with your ability to eat and are happy with your smile.
Cleaning your teeth
- We thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque (which can inflame your gums) especially in hard to reach places, as well as any tartar that has hardened onto the teeth and under the gums. Floss, protective fluoride and teeth sealants, as indicated, add the finishing touch
Your hygienist will use specialized dental instruments when checking your gums for disease and any receding gum tissue
- If you have gum disease and require deep and/or more frequent cleanings, we will work with you to develop a personalized plan
- We will also perform an oral cancer screening by checking the sides and underside of your tongue, your entire mouth and back of the throat, as well as your jaw, jaw joint (TMJ), and neck for thyroid and lymph nodes
Once complete, Dr. Duffy will provide you with a summary of your oral health and discuss any next steps, answer your questions, schedule your next hygiene appointment and have you on your way.
Caring for your teeth at home
For optimal dental health, we encourage you to brush twice a day and floss once, as well as strive to maintain healthy diet and exercise habits. Our team is happy to work with you to identify other ways you can preserve your gums and smile, depending upon your unique dental and health needs.