Hygiene/ Periodontal Therapy


Deep Cleaning Therapy

Deep Cleaning Therapy- Scaling and Root Planing

Deep cleaning of the teeth is achieved through processes known as scaling and root planing. A dental cleanse is a rather routine dental visit that involves the removal of plaque, also known as scaling, which removes plaque (a film covering the teeth that may be infested with bacteria) and hard calculus deposits known as tarter from the surface of the teeth.

A dental hygienist often uses a dental tools (picks, scalers and curettes), as well as ultrasonic instruments that vibrate and remove large pieces of tartar from the tooth surface. The ultrasonic device makes a whistling noise that grates on the nerves of many dental patients, but doesn’t hurt a bit. The tip of the ultrasonic instrument is rounded or curved, perfectly designed to remove tartar from the surface of the teeth and not dig into them. Root planing cleans between the teeth and below the gum line, often down to the roots.

The dental hygienist may clean one section of the mouth at a time; upper right or left quadrant, or lower right or left quadrant. Following the scaling and planing process, a polish is applied to the surface of the teeth. Cleaning each quadrant of the mouth may take between 15 minutes and 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the condition of the teeth.


Full Mouth Debridement

Full Mouth Debridement

If you have not been to the dentist in a while you may need a full mouth debridement procedure to get your teeth completely clean. Without proper daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings, excessive amounts of plaque and tartar can build up. A full mouth debridement is a deep cleaning session to remove as much of the plaque and tartar as possible. A regular teeth cleaning procedure is normally more than enough to help keep your teeth clean and healthy, but you might need this to get back on the right track.




oral hygiene instructionOral Hygiene Instruction

This combined procedure’s primary purpose is to educate and train the patient with a hands-on approach in order to develop excellent oral hygiene skills for a better controlling the cause of periodontal disease (bacterial plaque). A prophylaxis (regular dental cleaning and polishing) is done simultaneously to remove deposits of plaque, calculus, stain from the surfaces of the teeth that are above the gum to facilitate development of better home care techniques.

              • For thorough but gentle cleansing, use a soft toothbrush
              • Hold your brush at a 45° angel. Begin by brushing the outside of the front teeth. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion.
              • Next, brush the outside back teeth, starting along the gum line.
              • Inside back teeth. Use short, angled brush strokes.
              • Inside front teeth. Tilt the brush vertically; use an up-and-down motion.
              • Chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat. Use a gentle scrubbing motion.


6 Month CleaningRegular 6 Month Checkup Cleaning

People are always encouraged to get a dental cleaning & check up every six months. Tobacco, alcohol consumption, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the factors that Dr. Gavin takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning & checkup. A cleaning will usefully consist of the following:

              • Scaling, often done by hand to or remove plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces.
              • Root planning, or clean perio (early signs of gum disease) pockets to stop further gum problems.
              • Polish, (used to remove heavy stains if any) or the finishing touch of rubbing on the surface of the teeth.
              • Going to your regular checkups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis.



Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.


Panoramic X-ray MachinePanoramic X-Ray Machine

Valley Dental has a brand new, innovative Panoramic X-Ray Machine that allows us to take digital films. This Sirona ORTHOPHOS XG 3D ready machine has a very convenient operation. One of the major benefits of this equipment is that it offers patients the reduction of radiation exposure. No radiation remains in a patient’s body after an x-ray examination. A panoramic x-ray exam is painless, fast and easy and may be recommended over intraoral x-rays for patients that have a sensitive gag reflex.




Pediatric Dentist and HygienePediatric Hygiene

Parents are responsible for ensuring their children practice good dental hygiene. Parents must introduce proper oral care early in a child’s life—as early as infancy. Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Valley Dental recommends that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and be comfortable at all times. Let the child know that the doctor and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!