Dr. Kelly Clarke and his team of hygienists have the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a new dentist for your regular checkups and dental hygiene.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Clarke has averaged 60 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Florida are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
Dr. Kelly Clarke, with a high-tech dental hygiene office located in Bradenton, has been practicing dentistry since 2004.
Tracy | 10+ years at Laser Dentistry
Registered Dental Hygienist
Featured Hygiene Patient Testimonial
“My recent visit to this office was as good as it gets. Everything went like clockwork, on time. Travis was his usual good humor self. Tracy who did my cleaning has the lightest touch and is easy to talk with.”
Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Every patient knows that he or she needs to visit the dentist at least every six months, no matter their age or gender. However, the truth is that many of them fail to do that. Patients don’t understand the role that dental examinations and cleanings play in the longevity of a healthy smile. Cleanings performed by dentists or hygienists are called “prophylaxis” or “prophies”, and they are essential to patients’ oral health.
Our team at Laser Dentistry will make the most of every visit and carefully evaluate patients’ smiles. This is crucial to prevent more significant concerns such as cavities or periodontal disease.
During the cleaning procedure, our team of dental hygienists will remove plaque, calculus, and tartar that might have developed between visits. Our dentists will also educate patients on how to care for their smiles, mainly focusing on improving patients’ brushing and flossing techniques.
What can I expect during a professional dental cleaning?
Patients should understand that this procedure is not that simple and that many steps will be involved. At Laser Dentistry, our team will perform prophies, following a particular manner and order.
Once the dental hygienists finish with the cleaning, they may pass along any concerns they notice to the dentist. Then, the dentist will thoroughly evaluate the smile. The dental hygienist and the dentist will work together constantly, ensuring that every patient has healthy, beautiful smiles, free from periodontal disease, infections, and cavities.
Video 01:00 | Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and eating balanced, healthy meals are important to maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dental visits are also extremely important to prevent and treat oral disease. Learn why regularly visiting a dentist can help keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.
How often should I visit the office for a cleaning?
The American Dental Association, also known as ADA, encourages patients to visit the dental office every six months for teeth cleaning and evaluation. Taking a proactive approach is essential to care for your smile, maintain oral health, and avoid more significant concerns.
We offer many services at the Laser Dentistry office, including early diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, such as periodontal disease or gum disease. These conditions should be taken seriously as they can cause irreversible deterioration. Patients from Bradenton, Florida, showing signs of periodontal disease must book a consultation appointment with our team to immediately discuss treatment options.
What is Gingivitis, and how is it treated?
The early stage of periodontal disease is known as Gingivitis. This condition is ideally treated with Gingivitis therapy. At Laser Dentistry, we offer this therapy, keeping Gingivitis from worsening and turning into a more severe problem. Gingivitis is the first stage of a more complicated infection. When patients aren’t diagnosed on time, or if they ignore the situation, their entire smile is at risk. Their treatable Gingivitis will become a more serious periodontal disease. Once this happens, the disease is much more challenging to control and might result in gum, tissue, bone, or even tooth loss.
Gingivitis therapy is basically a deep cleaning at the early stages of the infection. Sometimes it includes antibiotics applied straight onto the soft tissues or taken orally, addressing the disease from the inside out. Gingivitis therapy at Laser Dentistry is cheaper and less invasive than other therapies performed when the condition advances. We actively encourage patients to always take a more proactive approach to face this condition.
What are the signs of Gingivitis?
Both patient and dentist can often recognize the initial signs and symptoms of gums disease. If patients are noticing this condition in-between visits to the office, they are heavily encouraged to make an extra appointment with one of our dentists at Laser Dentistry. Signs and symptoms may include:
What happens if I don’t care for my smile when Gingivitis develops?
Gingivitis is a reversible condition, and it’s easy to treat in its first stages. However, if patients fail to recognize the signs and symptoms and skip their routine visits, this disease can progress, causing irreversible damage.
The advanced stages of Gingivitis are known as periodontal disease. The main difference is that now we can only control it – not cure it. Without proper treatment, the disease advances and starts affecting the bone tissue that anchors the teeth in place.
Periodontal Therapy (i.e. SRP)
All dentists will agree that one of their main objectives is to educate patients on how to maintain oral health. They always explain all the benefits, including the reduced risk of developing issues like tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Our team at Laser Dentistry encourages patients to brush, floss, and visit the office regularly to keep their smiles in good health. However, no matter how much we insist on this, sometimes periodontal disease develops. In these cases, we take the time to explain to our patients how serious this condition is and the commitment required to recover oral health. Our aim is to stop the progress of the disease and avoid further problems like gum recessions, bone resorption, and the loss of natural adult teeth.
What treatment is recommended for the later stages of periodontal disease?
At Laser Dentistry, we always explain to periodontal patients the benefits of undergoing “scaling and root planing” (or SRP). We strongly advise them to consider this option, as SRP is the most effective way to treat this disease before considering other more invasive treatments like periodontal surgery. SRP involves a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from the crown and the root of the teeth (below the gum line).
Dentists only do this procedure. It usually requires more than one appointment, and it is done with both ultrasonic and manual scalers. By removing plaque and tartar deposits and prescribing antibiotics to control the infection, patients will recover oral health. And at the same time, they will reduce the risk of developing coexisting complications, such as an increased risk of strokes and heart disease.
Will SRP cure periodontal disease?
Patients should understand that we can only stop the progress of periodontal disease. Those patients who suffer from this disease should work closely with their dentist at Laser Dentistry to evaluate at which stage they are and coordinate the best treatment plan. They will need to come to the office more often than regular, healthy patients, but these visits will ensure they are on the right track for recovering their oral health.
Video 01:00 | Gums that are red, tender or swollen may indicate periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Because you can have periodontal disease without knowing it, it’s important to visit your dentist for periodontal screening. Discover more about how to prevent, detect and treat periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Video 01:02 | Everyone desires a healthy smile but sometimes even proper brushing and flossing isn’t enough and you may get gum disease.