Prevention and early detection are the key to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. A good home regimen, in addition to regular cleanings and exams, can prevent many dental treatments. Our hygienists are available to assist you with your hygiene and management of your gums.
Regular dental cleanings, performed by a registered dental hygienist, are a crucial part of preventive dental care. By removing plaque and tartar, your oral health is enhanced and your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease are reduced. Your dental hygienist will remove moderate plaque and tartar buildup, or an ultrasonic device to scale away heavier buildup. The cleaning is finished with polishing, a pleasant procedure that cleans the surface of teeth, removes stains, and leaves the mouth feeling clean and refreshed. To learn more about our dental cleanings.
Comprehensive Dental Exams
No matter how diligent you are in your home dental care regimen, you should still get a dental exam and cleaning at least twice per year. The importance of regular dental exams cannot be overemphasized - dental exams are the cornerstone of good dental health. In particular, regular checkups are essential for early detection of more serious problems. Early detection makes treatment easier, less expensive and more successful and effective. Learn more about our exams.
As damaging as plaque can be, it is easily removed by mechanical brushing. Plaque deposits build up on the teeth fairly quickly after eating and drinking, and if they are not crushed away they can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. It takes just one day for bacteria to build up enough to make your mouth susceptible to disease. If plaque is not removed, it hardens and becomes calculus (tartar) and cannot be removed with regular brushing. We have special instruments designed to remove tartar. Learn more about good hygiene, click here.
Daily flossing is an effective way to clean teeth where regular brushing can't reach. To floss properly, take 18" of dental floss, wrap it around the middle finger of each hand, and pinch it between your thumb and index finger. Pull the floss taut, then slide it gently between each tooth and under the gum line. Slide the floss up and down the side of each tooth to remove plaque buildup. Be sure to use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth. Learn more about flossing.
Over-the-counter mouth rinses can help to fight bad breath, remove loose food particles after brushing, and freshen the mouth. However, mouth rinses are never a substitute for brushing, flossing, or regular dental examinations, and may disguise warnings signs of periodontal disease.
A beautiful smile begins with a strong foundation of healthy gums. Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can help most people to preserve their teeth for a lifetime. We offer a comprehensive periodontal disease prevention and treatment program because a solid foundation of healthy gums is essential to protection your investment in enhancements such as crowns, bridges, partials, veneers, and professional whitening. Learn more about periodontal disease.
Your oral health affects more than just the appearance of your smile - it directly affects your overall health and well-being. By providing complex, customized general dentistry services at our Shelbyville practice, we can address all of your dental needs and take precautionary measures to preserve the health of your teeth and gums for a lifetime.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
and Your Smile Bright
Enhancing the beauty of your smile!
Conveniently located in Shelbyville, TN, our dental office is always at the forefront of dental methods and technology to help create beautiful and long lasting, natural smiles. We're committed to providing affordable and quality dental care to our patients while maintaining a friendly and relaxed environment.
Dr. Tara Clements and Dr. Wilson Massey are your Shelbyville, TN dentists that provide crowns, teeth cleaning, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, dental implant restorations, pediatric dentistry, and so much more. We are happy to file most all dental insurances as a service to our patients.
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