Professional Teeth Cleaning

Are you looking for a family dentist in Watsonville, CA? Alexandra Jaquery DDS, MS is taking new patients. Dr. Jaquery offers full dental services to optimize your family’s oral health.

The American Dental Association and most dentists, including Dr. Jaquery, recommend having your teeth professionally examined and cleaned at least twice a year. You may need to come in for additional exams and cleanings if you have a persistent oral health condition, such as gum disease. But for most people, twice a year is a good guideline.


A professional cleaning is about more than just cleaning your teeth. It’s a way to keep track of your overall oral health. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At these visits, we clean your teeth and check for cavities and potential issues. There are other tools we use to help detect and prevent problems and maintain your dental health, including:

  • Your medical history: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses gives us insight into your overall health and your dental health.
  • Diagnostic X-rays: Essential for detecting decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss, X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

The Importance of
Professional Teeth Cleanings

Dentistry has evolved immensely over the last century. Early dentistry only addressed problems with the oral cavity after they advanced to pain. So, going to the dentist was, in fact, a dreaded necessity. Now, we know that keeping teeth healthy helps with overall good health, and taking care of problems before they become serious is far less painful.

Good oral health starts with good oral hygiene. Besides brushing and flossing at home twice daily, professional teeth cleaning is also recommended every six months. The goal of clean teeth is to keep plaque from accumulating on the teeth and causing damage to the enamel.

Professional cleanings are done by certified dental hygienists with special cleaning tools. Stubborn plaque that has escaped brushing is removed with scaling tools. Once your teeth are flossed and polished, Dr. Jaquery will examine them.

Call (831) 722-8469 to make your professional cleaning appointment.

What to expect at a dental cleaning

Your hygienist will perform your dental cleaning, and then Dr. Jaquery will step in to thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth. Your cleaning will typically include:

  • Calculus (tartar) removal: Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Plaque removal: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on teeth consisting of a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums, whish is the precursor for periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
  • Tooth decay examination: We check all tooth surfaces for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: We check any fillings, crowns, etc. you may have to make sure they are still intact and do not need replacing.
  • Gum disease evaluation: We check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Oral cancer screening: We check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Review of dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: We will review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric toothbrush, special cleaning aids, fluoride, rinses, etc.).

As you can see, a professional dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care.

Dr. Alexandra Jaquery

No one cares like Dr. Alexandra Jaquery

Dental care is essential health care, and when you have a dentist who understands the link between your oral health and your overall well-being, a dental visit becomes an entirely different experience. At the practice of  Alexandra Jaquery DDS, MS, you can expect:

  • To be treated with caring and kindness, welcomed like a member of the family
  • To work closely with your dental team to achieve your goals
  • To have all of your concerns heard and questions answered
  • To receive state-of-the-art dental care with a highly personal touch

You will also find the expert guidance you need to achieve optimal dental health and ultimately improve your overall health.