Why Should I Clean My Teeth?
Along with daily brushing and flossing, regular cleaning is one of the easiest ways to care for your oral health. It’s also the most important.
Having clean, healthy teeth and gums does more for you than enhance your smile. It can help to prevent cavities and gum disease, as well as more serious conditions than can affect your overall health.
Between professional cleanings, plaque and tartar (mineralized plaque that is harder than bone) build up on your teeth, especially at the gum line. If not removed, these deposits encourage the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease and ultimately may lead to bone loss. Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.
Regular cleaning by your dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar. We also gently polish your teeth, leaving you with a clean, healthy feeling, a brighter smile, and healthier teeth and gums.
Dental Cleaning FAQs
What will the dentist do on the first visit?
Typically for adults, the first visit is with one of our doctors and will consist of a comprehensive examination, necessary x-rays, and dental charting. Visit our New Patient page for more details.
A child new patient visit is done by one of our hygienists and consists of the same services as an adult patient but typically we also include a cleaning on the first visit.
How long does dental checkup take?
Our appointments vary in length of time depending on age and need but most often a new adult patient appointment is 90 minutes and our existing patient appointment is 60-80 minutes.
Location & Service Area
Larrimore Family Dentistry is located on Dawn Avenue in Ephrata. Our office is between the exit to Mister Hotshine Car Wash and Ephrata Beverage Center and across from the Ephrata Cloister Shopping Center, near Yogurt Works and Domino’s (facing Route 272). We have plenty of free, off-street parking spaces.
We serve patients in the greater Ephrata area including:
Schedule Your Next Appointment
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in for a professional cleaning, we’d love to see you! Your oral health is important to us. Call us today at 717-733-7971 to schedule your cleaning or contact us.
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