What to expect during a dental hygiene visit at Highland Dental Clinic

Your smile needs daily attention to stay free from decay and disease. This includes brushing the teeth after each meal and snack and flossing between the teeth to remove food particles that can develop into cavities. Fortunately, the team at Highland Dental Clinic in South Lakeland, Florida, can assist with dental hygiene services.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Dr. Blanca Fernandez encourages patients to visit her office every six months for both a professional cleaning and dental evaluation. This helps maintain oral health and wellness in combination with home hygiene habits. With regular cleanings and evaluations, patients reduce the risk of extensive damage if conditions such as periodontal disease or tooth decay are spotted and treated as soon as possible!

What can I expect during my dental hygiene visit at Highland Dental Clinic?

Our team is here to ensure you are comfortable from start to finish! We allow you to rest in our dental chair while we do all the work! We often start by discussing your dental and medical history and whether or not you use tobacco or alcohol. We ask about your oral health routine and if you have any conditions that might also impact your oral health, such as diabetes. Once we have talked to you about your current situation and dental goals, we can evaluate your teeth with a full-mouth periodontal chart. Our team checks the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums to determine if conditions such as periodontal disease are present, and then our hygienist will clean the teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces. We polish your teeth to leave your smile squeaky clean, and healthy!

Start taking the first step toward a healthier smile with regular dental hygiene visits at Highland Dental Clinic!

Call Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team to request an evaluation and cleaning visit at 5163 US Highway 98 in South Lakeland, FL. The office can be reached at (863) 457-1954 to request an appointment at our office and learn more about ways to keep the teeth and gums healthy for life!

At your first visit, our hygienists will create a full-mouth periodontal chart that includes the depths of the pockets surrounding your teeth, noting any bleeding, charting the presence and location of plaque and calculus, and charting gum recession.

We will also ask you about your medical and dental history. We’ll also ask about tobacco and alcohol use and your dental hygiene routines. We can discuss any personal steps you can take to improve your dental health, if necessary.

Dr. Fernandez and Stephany the hygienist, will finish with a thorough cleaning that involves the removal of tartar and stains with hand instruments or a hand-held laser for stubborn stains and plaque, followed by polishing to eliminate remaining stains and plaque. The results are a squeaky-clean feeling and a beautiful luster.

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.