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Improving Smiles

Dental Cleanings and Prevention

dental-tooth-polishingDr. Clifford Melnick is dedicated to offering his New York City patients the best in periodontal and oral care to maintain the health of a smile. Early detection and prevention are essential to avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease in New York City. Your habits are the most important factor to preventing cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Prevent the buildup of plaque bacteria on the teeth and gums by carefully and frequently brushing your teeth. Electric toothbrushes are superior than the conventional toothbrush at reducing plaque formation and gingivitis. However, keep in mind that almost 80% of all cavities occur in the pits, grooves and hard to reach areas of your teeth. That is why flossing and interdental cleaning is essential. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene on your own, there is no substitute for professional teeth cleaning. Also known as prophylaxis, meaning preventative treatment of disease, is a procedure performed by Dr. Clifford Melnick and qualified dental hygienist to remove the calcified tartar at our periodontal clinic in New York City. Professional dental cleanings include tooth scaling, tooth polishing and debridement in the event of severe tartar buildup.

Dental exams allow for Dr. Clifford Melnick to evaluate any problem areas before they become large and painful issues. By visiting with Dr. Clifford Melnick at least twice a year for regular periodontal visits, you can in-turn decrease the amount of treatments you may require, limit the costs of treatment, and maintain better oral health.  During a periodontal exam, Dr. Clifford Melnick and his expert team will:

  • Examine the health of the gums
  • Check for gum disease
  • Diagnose tooth decay
  • Screen for oral cancer
  • Discuss any necessary treatments and services with you

With regular oral hygiene, most oral diseases can be prevented.  However, regular visits to our New York City Periodontal Office are required to make certain that hard- to- reach plaque and tartar can be removed before it causes any damage.  At Fifth Avenue Periodontics in New York City, we use the latest dental cleaning technology to keep your oral health at its best.


To learn more about our dental cleaning and prevention services, do not hesitate to contact Fifth Avenue Periodontics today.  We will answer any of your questions about your oral health, and schedule you for a consultation with periodontist Dr. Clifford Melnick.  Your oral health is the window to your overall health—learn how Dr. Clifford Melnick can help you maintain your oral health for a lifetime.