When a single smile brings so much joy, we believe it’s worth protecting it!

The best Smile Protection you can have is a Preventive Dental Program.  A preventive program is a cooperative effort between you and our office to preserve your natural teeth and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progression and recurrence of dental diseases and related oral conditions.  A good home regimen, in addition to regular cleanings and exams, can spare you many expensive dental treatments. Protect your smile with:


Regular cleanings play a critical role in preventive dental care.  By visiting your hygienist twice a year to remove plaque and tartar, your oral health will be improved and your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease are minimized.  The hygienist will use manual instruments to scale away plaque and tartar buildup, or an ultrasonic machine to scale away heavy buildup.  The cleaning is finished by polishing the surface of the teeth to remove stains.


You should get a dental exam and cleaning twice per year.  These regular checkups are essential for detection of more serious problems.  Early detection makes treatment easier, less expensive, and more effective.

In your exam, Dr. Clove will be performing the following procedures:

  • Examine and check for gum disease
  • Examine any existing tooth decay
  • Examine the status of any existing fillings or other restorations
  • Take and analyze x-rays
  • Inform you of all findings and make treatment recommendations


Plaque deposits build up on teeth fairly quickly after eating and drinking.  If they are not brushed away, they can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.  Brush twice a day to avoid decay!


At Clove Dental, we recommend flossing daily to clean the teeth where regular brushing can’t reach and to remove plaque buildup.

To floss properly, take 18″ of dental floss, wrap it around the middle finger of each hand, and pinch it between your thumb and index finger.  Pull the floss taut, then slide it gently between each tooth and under the gum line.  Slide the floss up and down the side of each tooth to remove plaque buildup.  Be sure to use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.