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Every new patient  receives a comprehensive examination and a precise assessment of his or her oral health.  East Taylor Dental Associates will discuss your needs, answer your questions, advise you of options, and make recommendations for treatment.  Intra-oral cameras are available when indicated for even more in-depth analysis and better results.  Multimedia presentations are available for every patient to view and understand the treatment they need.  Consider it as viewing your cosmetic makeover...before you begin.

Cleaning and Prevention

When a dentist or dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they remove soft (plaque) and hard (tartar, calculus, or stains) deposits from your teeth. The primary purpose of having your teeth cleaned is to prevent or delay the progression of periodontal diseases. Professional dental care alone, however, is inadequate to prevent periodontal diseases. Smoking has been implicated in approximately 50% of periodontal disease cases in adults (Tomar 2000). Abstaining from tobacco use, maintaining good oral hygiene, and having your teeth cleaned professionally are the most effective ways to prevent periodontal diseases.

 How often should I get my teeth cleaned? 

As with routine dental examinations, the frequency of professional teeth cleaning will depend on the health of your teeth and gums. Healthy children and adults should have their teeth cleaned at least once every 6-12 months. If you are at risk of periodontal diseases because of age, tobacco use, rate of accumulation of deposits, personal oral hygiene practices, or medical conditions such as diabetes HIV infection or pregnancy, your teeth may need to be cleaned more often. Your dentist or dental hygienist can help you determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned.

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Nearly 50% of children will have at least one cavity by age 5.

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Opening Hours

  • Mon, Tue, & Thurs 7am - 4pm
  • Wed 9am - 4pm
  • Every Other Fri 7am - 11am

Testimonials

I cannot say enough good stuff about this place! I have a horrible phobia of dentist and needles in my mouth. Dr Horner was SO nice explaining my options to me for each level of sedation and what each meant. I was put so much at ease that i only used gas for my cleaning, not sedation. I have to have fillings in two weeks and I'm not even scared about going. The staff is so kind and very informative. If you think you have a worse phobia, just know that after 20 years of not going to the dentist I absolutely have zero fear knowing Dr Horner and his staff are taking care of me and my smile!

Lori G.- Patient since 2017,

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