Cleaning & Prevention

Dental Health

The Key to Dental Health

Keeping a regular preventative maintenance schedule with your hygienist and Dr. Ellison helps you prevent not only tooth decay and periodontal disease but also avoid costly procedures and extra time in the hygiene chair.

A regular home prevention routine usually consists of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once per day. But did you know there are other tools to make taking care of your mouth a little easier? Depending on your needs, there are special toothpastes, rinses, and even flossing aids that can help you keep your smile bright and healthy for years to come. Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics can help you find the best tools to enhance your daily hygiene routine making your professional cleaning appointments shorter and less stressful.

Another significant factor in your oral health is your diet. Acidic foods and drinks can erode enamel just as a balanced diet can help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Regular professional exams and cleanings, a dedicated at-home hygiene routine, and a healthy, balanced diet can help prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.

Oral Cancer Screening

At each visit, our team does a medical history update and reviews any changes (even subtle ones). Even the smallest change in the soft tissues of your mouth will be examined closely. Early detection of oral cancer saves many lives each year, and our team is highly trained to detect even smallest abnormality.

Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. When left untreated, you can expect receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. A targeted, strategic cleaning schedule and a precise at-home regimen can help keep this chronic condition under control.

Teeth Cleaning

Who doesn’t love that freshly polished feel of your teeth after a cleaning? Our highly-trained, compassionate registered dental hygienists do more than just polish your teeth. They remove plaque, tartar buildup, probe your gums for signs of periodontal disease, and much more!

Home Care

While excellent oral health is a partnership between you and our team, we depend on you to make sure your teeth and gums stay strong and healthy between appointments. Together we can create an individual plan with the latest tools and knowledge to help protect your smile.

Dental Cleaning FAQs

We will do a thorough exam of the teeth and check the health of the gums by doing an exam, x-rays, and a periodontal exam to determine if there is any decay, infections, broken teeth, cracks, or severe wear. We will also address any concerns that you may have.

Often having a cleaning can make the teeth whiter if there is build-up or stains on the teeth that can be removed.

Without the presence of periodontal disease, we usually recommend a cleaning every 6 months. There are patients who have periodontal disease or medical conditions that make it difficult for them to keep their teeth as clean as they would like for them to be to prevent bleeding and infection in the gums which will make them also more likely to get cavities so we will recommend to them to have a cleaning every 3-4 months. The goal is to have you coming in to get them clean BEFORE there is infection and/or bleeding so that we are PREVENTING disease rather than treating disease.

The exam is usually a visual exam to view the teeth and review the x-rays and does not hurt.


I found the perfect place to take care of my teeth. I loved how they explained every step they were doing to take X-rays and 3D pictures of my teeth. Also what I can expect when they are cleaning my teeth. How the brush will feel, why they are testing my gums, etc. I loved it!

-Sharlene B.

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