Dr. James E. Gaff recommends that you schedule a teeth cleaning in Jacksonville, Florida, at least once every six months. This appointment includes a professional teeth cleaning, fluoride, a dental exam, and X-rays. Our hygienist will clean your teeth of all plaque and tartar using a small metal tool. Then our hygienist will floss and polish your teeth. Fluoride, a mineral that helps protect your teeth from decay, is applied to your teeth. Our dentist will then examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay, gingivitis, and other dental problems. Sometimes, our dentist will decide to take X-rays to give him a closer, more thorough look at your smile.
It is important to pair professional teeth cleanings with good dental hygiene at home. Get into the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle where your teeth meet the gums and brush using small, circular movements. When you floss, curve the floss around each tooth and slide it under the gum line. Move your floss up and down several times to scrape off plaque.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.