Cleaning

At Smiles by Shields, we see dental cleaning as an opportunity to contribute to overall total body health and wellness. We work to uncover hidden dental infection that could be causing ill health and we make it our priority to ensure your mouth is in excellent shape.

Dental cleanings (or prophylaxis) are an important dental treatment to stop the growth of harmful bacteria and to stem the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Both gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to poor heart health and risk for other illness, so we work to keep your mouth and your whole body healthy through dental cleanings. Dental cleanings focus on:

  • Plaque removal: Tartar and plaque can build up above the gum line and unseen below the gum line and lead to periodontal disease. Even when you brush and floss regularly at home, it can be impossible to remove all of the debris and bacteria that cause this buildup. Your Smiles by Shields hygienists are specially trained to locate and remove this harmful buildup that can damage your health.
  • A healthier looking smile: Even with brushing and flossing at home, food and beverages can stain teeth over time. Coffee, tea, red wine, and foods can all contribute to brown or yellow tooth stains. Dental cleanings help remove this buildup so your smile looks brighter and whiter.
  • Refreshed breath: Some bad breath (or halitosis) can’t be controlled at home. Periodontal disease causes bad breath as bacteria builds up and food particles decay below the gum line. Prophylaxis removes all of this debris so your breath is refreshed.

To contribute to your total body health, prophylaxis should be performed at least once every six months and more often if you suffer from periodontal disease. Dr. Shields is your Jacksonville dentist for dental cleanings and oral health care.

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