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Teeth Cleaning, Care, and Checkups

Conditions like gum disease, tooth loss, and cavities are avoidable with a dedicated prevention-based strategy.

The Importance of Regular Checkups

Early intervention is the key to preventing issues like periodontal disease and aggressive tooth decay.

By addressing minor issues as early as possible, Dr. Jeffrey Bayme can help you limit your need for extensive dental treatments and keep your natural smile healthy for life.

Most individuals with healthy teeth and gums benefit from a preventative care visit every six months. During these appointments, we offer services like:

• Full-mouth dental exams
• Periodontal evaluations
• Oral cancer screenings
• Professional dental cleanings
• Stain removal (polishing)
• Diagnostic dental X-rays
• Occlusal evaluations
• Sleep apnea screening

Your New Patient Exam

Your initial visit will include a comprehensive exam with Dr. Bayme to establish a baseline of your current oral health conditions. After thorough charting and digital images are captured, we can reference this data at future checkups to monitor your smile for any changes between visits. As such, minor issues can be addressed quickly while they’re smaller and require less invasive treatments to repair.

Most of our patients remark that they’ve never had as in-detailed of an oral exam as their comprehensive assessment with Dr. Bayme.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Preventative dental cleanings remove buildup from hard-to-reach spaces that accumulate between checkups. By scheduling a cleaning every six months and practicing proper daily brushing and flossing, you can prevent the onset of gum disease and tooth loss.

However, individuals with active periodontal infections may require a series of “deep” cleanings (periodontal therapy) to prevent their condition from getting any worse.

Will I Need X-rays?

Dental X-rays allow us to screen for oral disease before it’s visible to the naked eye. For instance, bone loss or cavities between teeth can be intercepted earlier with the help of digital imaging. Without X-rays, what could be repaired with a small filling might otherwise require a crown or root canal several months later.

We use digital X-rays that require as much as 90% less radiation than conventional imaging techniques.

Periodontal Disease Symptoms

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Thankfully, it’s preventable with good home care. But left untreated, gingivitis can expand into adjacent tissues and bone, compromising the overall integrity of your smile. Symptoms of periodontal infections include:

• Bleeding gums
• Bad breath
• Tartar buildup
• Receding gumlines
• Tooth mobility

People who smoke or use tobacco products may not have as noticeable warning signs due to changes in their oral soft tissues.

It’s worth noting that gum disease can increase your risk of worsening systemic health conditions, like heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and infertility. Establishing a healthy oral environment helps boost your immune system.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

People with healthy gums, teeth, and bone levels benefit from preventative cleanings every six months. If you have a history of periodontal infections, cleanings every 3-4 months may be recommended.

Why does flossing make my gums bleed?

Gum tissues only bleed when they’re infected (i.e., gingivitis, periodontal disease). Daily flossing and brushing along the edges of the gum tissues usually reverses minor bleeding within two weeks.

Is gum disease reversible?

Gingivitis is reversible. Periodontal disease is not. However, periodontal infections can be intercepted and treated to avoid additional bone and tooth loss. Improved gum health can also benefit your overall wellness, so it’s important that these infections do not go unchecked.

Which type of mouthguard is best for athletes?

A professionally fitted sports mouthguard—made by our dentist—will offer the highest level of protection and comfort. Their secure fit safeguards your athlete against oral trauma, fractured teeth, and concussions.

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More of Dr. Bayme’s Services


Cosmetic dentistry that includes Dentures & Partials, Crowns, Implants, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Colored Fillings & Bondings


Preventative dental services that include Teeth Cleanings, Annual Visits, Periodontal Gum Cleanings (non-surgical)


Restorative dental work that includes Veneers, Crowns, Dentures & Partials, Tooth Colored Fillings & Bondings


Dental treatments that include Implants, Veneers, Dentures & Partials, Tooth Colored Fillings & Bondings