Here at South Boston Dental Associates, we work diligently to protect our patient's rights and privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what HIPAA has identified as electronically protected information (ePHI). Unfortunately, despite the best efforts we make or take, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the box, and electronically making an appointment, you understand that you are making an appointment over the internet and that South Boston Dental Associates will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may not illegally intercept this communication. As a result of continuing, you are sending this transmission and accepting the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. As an alternative, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.
We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 617.423.6165 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.
Your professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) will be performed by a courteous and knowledgeable registered dental hygienist. In addition to a complete dental exam, your cleaning appointment will include the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that accumulates on the tooth surface both above and below the gum line. Tartar can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, colorless film consisting of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. Unless plaque is removed, the bacteria will produce toxins (poisons) that can inflame the gums, leading to periodontal (gum) disease.
Teeth polishing: Gentle professional polishing removes stains and traces of place that remain on the teeth so you can enjoy that "just left the dentist" clean feeling.
At South Boston Dental Associates, our dentists and dental hygienists are specialists with years of experience performing professional dental cleanings and exams. We will be pleased to give you instructions for how to keep your smile healthy. As always, good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits are recommended following your dental cleaning.