Exams & Cleanings

Comprehensive Dental Care in Florissant, MO

Brown haired girl at dentist appointment

At the office of Paul S. Herrin, DDS, we're proud to provide world-class dental care to patients throughout the Florissant, MO community. Our practice focuses on taking a comprehensive approach to dental care, combining cosmetic and restorative treatments with regular, preventive dental procedures. One of the most important parts of preventive dental care is oral hygiene – and professional dental exams and teeth cleanings are a critical part of maintaining strong oral hygiene.

Why Regular Dental Appointments Matter

The first step in maintaining the health of your teeth through oral hygiene is your at-home tooth care routine, which means brushing and flossing is a foundational part of oral health. But in addition to at-home care, it's critical to make visits to your Florissant dentist a regular part of your oral hygiene regimen. Brushing and flossing help you maintain the health of your teeth, but even with proper technique, there are areas of the teeth you can't clean effectively at home. Visiting Dr. Herrin allows us to provide a thorough, deep clean of your teeth while also checking for any signs of gum disease or other dental health problems.

What to Expect at Your Dental Exam & Cleaning

Dental exam and cleaning appointments should occur at least every 6 months for optimal oral health, although we may recommend more frequent appointments in some cases. Overall, these are routine checkup appointments that won't take up too much of your day and rarely cause much discomfort.

The first part of the appointment is your dental exam. During this portion, Dr. Herrin will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, tongue, and the soft tissues in your mouth, looking carefully for signs of decay, gum disease, or any other dental problem. Dr. Herrin will also evaluate the development of your teeth and see if any issues may be forming in your bone or jaw structure.

After your exam, it's time for a cleaning. Your dental hygienist will use a variety of specialized tools to deep clean your teeth, removing bacteria, plaque, and caked-on tartar that's almost impossible to get off with a brush. After fully cleaning the teeth, your hygienist will polish your teeth using a specialized brush and specially-formulated polishing toothpaste.

Schedule An Appointment With Your Florissant Dentist

Dental checkup appointments are an important part of your overall oral health routine, and if you'd like to schedule your next appointment at our office, we would love to help. Call us today at (314) 921-0070 or use our easy online form to request your next appointment online. As a leading dentist serving the Florissant area, we're proud to help create beautiful smiles every day – and we're looking forward to creating your very own.


  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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