James Rochefort, D.M.D.
General Dentistry & Laser Dentist located in DOVER, NH
Maintaining a healthy smile is a key component in maintaining a healthy body and mind, and dental cleanings are one of the best ways to stay on top of your oral health. James Rochefort, DMD, and his team of dental professionals provide exceptional cleanings for their patients. Schedule your cleaning today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Cleaning Q & A
What is a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, is a professional cleaning that one of Dr. Rochefort's hygienists administers at regular intervals throughout the year. During your cleaning, your hygienist thoroughly cleans your teeth, provides you with oral hygiene education, and performs a dental exam to improve your oral health and prevent any developing oral concerns.
Why do I need professional dental cleanings?
Professional dental cleanings are a vital component in optimizing your oral health and keeping your smile free of disease and complications. Even if you brush and floss diligently at home, there still might be hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that harbor dangerous plaque and tartar, making a routine professional cleaning absolutely vital in maintaining a healthy smile.
You also need to see Dr. Rochefort at regular cleanings because it gives him an opportunity to administer regular dental exams. With a thorough dental exam, Dr. Rochefort can monitor your oral health and check for any signs of developing problems like tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer.
Catching oral health concerns in their earlier stages makes it easier for Dr. Rochefort to successfully treat them. It also enables him to use more conservative treatments that are less invasive.
What happens during a dental cleaning?
During your cleaning, your provider uses a special tool called a scaler to remove any plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth.
After cleaning each tooth one-by-one, your provider polishes your teeth with a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric toothbrush and then administers professional flossing.
Depending on your needs, you might also receive a fluoride treatment at the end of your cleaning to give your teeth extra protection from cavities.
How often do I need cleanings?
Most people need to visit Dr. Rochefort for professional cleaning twice per year, but that frequency varies with the condition of your smile.
If you’re especially prone to cavities or have gum disease, you might need more frequent appointments. Dr. Rochefort can work with you to determine just how often you need to come in for a cleaning.
Get on top of your oral health and schedule a professional cleaning with Dr. James Rochefort, Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking a visit online.