Cleanings & Prevention

Professional Dental Cleanings & Prevention in Lynn, MA

cheerful african american man with during examination in dental clinicBeautiful and fully functional smiles cannot exist without strong foundations of good oral health. At Gary P. Wheeler, DDS, we believe that it is our duty as dental professionals to provide the right treatments and care to help protect the smiles of you and your loved ones.

Dr. Wheeler and our team know how optimal oral health helps contribute towards improved quality of life and overall well-being. With professional dental cleanings, detailed exams, and preventive treatments combined with compassion and patient education, we can help you get there! To schedule your next preventive dental visit, contact our office today! We proudly serve individuals and their families throughout Lynn and the Essex County communities.


Preventive Dentistry Services from Gary P. Wheeler, DDS

When it comes to protecting the dental and overall health of you and your loved ones, Dr. Wheeler and our team are here to help! We provide a wide range of preventive services designed to detect, diagnose, and treat issues that can jeopardize your oral health. Many of our treatments can be tailored to meet the needs of your children, spouse, parents, and grandparents.

Our available treatments include, but are not limited to:

Our in-house Periodontist, Andrew Melcer, DMD, specializes in gum disease treatment, dental implant placement, and restoration. Our office is also home to our experienced Invisalign® certified provider, Dr. Chloe Stanko. With a team of skilled dental professionals and hygienists, you can rest assured you and your loved ones receive the essential care you need and deserve.

Why is Prevention Important?

patient looking at dental x-ray in dental office discussing treatment optionsA diligent at-home oral hygiene routine of twice-daily brushing and flossing is the first line of defense against oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing regularly helps prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria, the leading causes of gum infections and cavities.

While our team always encourages practicing dental hygiene at home, routine visits to our office for expert prevention is still essential. These appointments often include measures such as professional dental cleanings. These cleanings are designed to remove plaque, bacteria, and left-over food particles from the hard to reach places in your smile that go untouched even with daily brushing.

Preventive visits also involve exams as well as taking a series of x-rays of your smile. Together, they help us to detect and diagnose oral health problems early, allowing us to treat issues before they develop into serious concerns. Prompt and effective treatment is essential because your oral and overall health is closely linked. For example, the toxins found in advanced gum disease have been known to cause complications with diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even pregnancy.

Who Benefits from Prevention?

Everyone! Young children, teens, adults, and seniors alike all benefit from professional preventive care. While your oral health needs often change over time, issues such as damage, decay, and gum disease do not discriminate against age. Regardless of the extent of your needs, our dental team has the services, treatment techniques, and technology to help treat varying oral health concerns.

What Do Preventive Appointments Include?

Regular visits are tailored to serve the needs of each unique individual better. When visiting our office for routine preventive care, appointments typically include:

Digital X-rays: We use digital imaging technology to help reveal the underlying health of your teeth, roots, gums, tongue, and jaws. These x-rays reveal identity problems that cannot be detected with the naked eye. They also help expose you to less radiation in the process. With digital x-rays, we can detect problems such as jawbone damage or wear, root infections, tumors or cysts, and decay between teeth. New patients also receive complimentary oral cancer screenings.

Consultation: During visits, our dentists take time getting to know you and your loved ones, discussing specific needs, concerns, and goals for treatment. From there, our team analyzes your dental and medical history. This typically includes us asking about your diet and lifestyle habits as well.

Oral Health Exam: We perform full exams of your smile, facial structures, and neck. Dr. Wheeler analyzes every tooth, gums, soft tissues, as well as biting and chewing functions. He carefully looks for any signs of concerns.

Dental Cleaning: Our experienced hygienists use special tools to gently and effectively remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Professional cleanings are essential for protecting your smile from tooth decay and gum disease. We complete cleanings with thorough teeth polishing and flossing so you can leave our office feeling refreshed.

Deep Cleanings: Also known as tooth scaling and root planing, this treatment may be necessary if you have excessive plaque buildup below the gumline. Deep cleanings, paired with the power of ARESTIN antibiotics, are an effective way to help treat gum disease in its earliest stages. For more advanced cases, we also perform regularly scheduled maintenance treatment every three to six months.

How Often Should I Schedule Visits?

The American Dental Associate and our team recommend you schedule your professional cleanings and exams every six months. These bi-annual visits are essential for monitoring the oral health and dental functions of your smile.

Fluoride Treatments

We often administer fluoride to younger patients because their teeth are more vulnerable to decay. Applying fluoride to the surfaces of teeth is an effective way to help prevent cavities. It is a mineral that is naturally present in water supplies and many foods. While fluoride can protect teeth from decay for many years, they’ll still need to be checked for wear and chipping during regular dental visits.

Professional Prevention You Can Trust!

Preventive dental care helps with the detection and prevention of oral health diseases that can significantly affect overall well-being and your quality of life. Contact the dental office of Gary P. Wheeler to schedule your preventive appointment today!


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  • Lynn
  • 389 Broadway
  • Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 01904
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  • Call: (781) 595-7953