General Dentistry

Exams and Cleanings

As a biological dental office, we advocate a preventive approach to oral and systemic health. The goal is to optimize health now and keep problems from arising in the first place.

At Smiles by Shields, we see regular dental appointments – every 6 months, or more if needed – as an opportunity to contribute to your total wellness. We make it our priority to ensure your mouth is in excellent shape.

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Home Hygiene Is Important but Not Enough

Dental cleanings are important for stopping the growth of harmful bacteria and stemming the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease – aka gum disease.

Both gingivitis and periodontal disease have been scientifically linked to a wide range of other inflammatory conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and even some cancers.

At your scheduled hygiene appointment, we look for any signs of developing oral disease or other dental problems. We then discuss options for addressing them, whether through home care, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, or corrective dental treatment.

The other component of these visits is cleaning – or, to use the clinical term, prophylaxis. There are three big benefits to a professional cleaning.

Benefits of Professional Cleaning

Plaque Removal

Tartar and plaque can build up above the gum line and unseen below it, ultimately leading 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. Our hygienists are specially trained to locate and remove this harmful buildup that can damage your health.

Brighter and Whiter Teeth

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 them so your smile looks brighter and whiter.

Fresher Breath

Some bad breath (halitosis) can’t be controlled at home, especially when gum disease is involved. Bacteria builds up and food particles decay below the gum line. Prophylaxis removes all of this debris so your breath is refreshed.

Contact us

Smiles by Shields
3940 San Jose Park Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32217