Dental Cleanings

MARK T. GALLI, DDS

THOROUGH AND GENTLE TEETH CLEANINGS

No matter how fancy your toothbrush is, or how meticulous your brushing techniques are, everyone needs to undergo professional cleanings at the dentist’s office regularly. It’s helpful to find a dental office that you like and trust, so you can look forward to your regular cleanings.

If you are looking for a practice offering thorough, gentle teeth cleanings in Encinitas, look no further than the office of Dr. Mark Galli. Patients seek out Dr. Galli’s expertise from the entire North County area, thanks to his reputation for providing personalized, attentive dental care.

Why Dental Cleanings Are Important

Daily brushing and flossing are necessary to eliminate food particles and bacteria that can build up in the mouth and turn into plaque. Plaque eventually leads to cavities, gum disease and more serious oral health problems.

However, your normal toothbrush and floss cannot reach all of the areas between your teeth and along your gum line, where dangerous bacteria can hide. Dr. Galli and our team of dental hygienists have special instruments that they use to access these locations and get rid of bacteria, food particles and other debris. You will also find that your breath is fresher after a cleaning because they are able to get to hard-to-reach areas.

Dental cleanings can also brighten your smile by breaking up stains from drinking coffee or wine or using tobacco. Your teeth will look brighter and more polished after a dental cleaning. For even whiter teeth, you may inquire about teeth whitening treatment.

If you need even more motivation to schedule regular cleanings, consider that preventive cleanings can save you money in the long term. Regular cleanings are opportunities to catch problems in their earliest stages, when they can be treated with conservative methods. This can potentially help you avoid more extensive and costly procedures in the future.

Dental Cleanings for Nervous or Anxious Patients

Dr. Galli understands that some people have neglected their oral hygiene habits and have put off professional intervention for many years out of fear or anxiety. Everyone is welcome at our Encinitas practice, regardless of the current condition of his or her teeth and gums. Dr. Galli provides gentle, compassionate care in a relaxing and comfortable environment. Sedation dentistry techniques are available to help patients with dental phobia, anxiety or sensitivity.

What to Expect

There are several easy and effective steps to a professional dental cleaning. If you have questions or concerns during any portion of the cleaning, you are encouraged to bring them to our attention immediately.

First, the hygienist will polish your teeth with a special paste. This allows effective plaque and stain removal so she can see the areas that need to be cleaned more thoroughly. She will then use an instrument called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar around the gum line and in between the teeth. A small mirror will guide them as they move methodically through your mouth.

The hygienist will floss your teeth, getting any leftover plaque or paste from the previous steps. The hygienist will review areas where the gums may need another visit to heal inflammation that will not respond to a regular cleaning. You will receive a topical fluoride treatment, one of the most important steps of the appointment, to seal the porous parts of the tooth and roots, and to render the tooth surface more resistant to decay.

During the same appointment, Dr. Galli will usually perform a dental exam, looking for any problematic areas. He will also discuss your general oral and overall health with you, recommending any suitable treatments or modifications at home for a healthier mouth.

Schedule a Professional Teeth Cleaning

If you would like to schedule a professional teeth cleaning, Encinitas dentist Mark Galli welcomes you to contact our practice. Call or email us today to make your appointment.

Mark T. Galli, DDS

It’s time to Experience Complete Health Dentistry

When you visit Dr. Galli’s Encinitas dental practice, you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity. The objective of every visit is to establish an understanding of your particular oral health needs and goals, evaluate the potential treatments and select the most appropriate option.

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