Your Guide to Dental Hygiene

Setting the stage towards keeping your smile healthy.
A baby daughter and her mom brushing their teeth together - a part of dental hygiene in our Renton dental office
Protect Your Smile

It’s no secret that visiting your Renton dentist every six months is paramount to achieving a healthy smile. Thorough hygiene exams and professional cleanings allow us to identify problem areas and stop periodontal disease in its earliest stages. We want your smile to last a lifetime!

However, did you know keeping up with your dental hygiene goes beyond protecting your teeth?

Your mouth is the gateway to your body

It’s true. Your smile’s health is directly correlated to your overall health. Several chronic illnesses (heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and so many more) are linked to poor dental hygiene and oral health.

Just by visiting Dr. Michele Taylor consistently for your comprehensive exams and cleanings, you’re setting yourself up to achieve optimal oral health. What can you expect with your biannual checkups with our family dentist in Renton, WA? Get the information you need below.

Your Dental Hygiene Visits Are Far From Routine

What can you expect at Denti Belli Dentistry with your hygiene appointments?

A Thorough Exam

An in-depth comprehensive exam assesses your gum, teeth, and bone health to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

Your Comprehensive Dental Exam

What's included?

  • Dental Decay Assesment: Using digital technology, we check for any signs and severity of tooth decay on each tooth.
  • Digital X-rays & Imaging: This includes taking photos of your bite and teeth to find any issues that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Dr. Taylor will walk you through what she’s seeing and identify any cavities, decay, bone loss or underlying infections.
  • Periodontal & Tooth Charting: We’ll examine the health of your gums, and make notes of previous dental work on each tooth (crowns, fillings, etc.)
  • TMJ Assessment: The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is what connects the jawbone to the base of your skull. If it’s misaligned, you may experience painful symptoms (migraines, jaw pain, etc.), which is why Dr. Taylor comfortably examines your TMJ at each exam to catch any signs of future problems.
  • Oral Cancer Screening: Your dentist can readily recognize oral cancer in its earliest stages which will decrease the severity of treatment and long-term effects. Dr. Taylor does an oral cancer check at every New Patient appointment and then again at every recall appointment.
A Gentle Cleaning

During your dental hygiene appointment, you’ll always get a thorough, gentle cleaning from one of our friendly hygienists to help prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Our Teeth Cleaning Services

You can expect nothing but outstanding dental care from our Renton dental team! Our teeth cleaning services include:

  • Tartar and stain removal
  • Tooth scaling
  • Tooth polishing
  • Gum disease prevention
  • Cavity prevention


At Denti Belli Dentistry, we value high-quality dentistry, which is why you can expect:

  • Dedication from our dental hygienists to advance their skills through continuing education and stay updated with the latest advancements in dentistry.
  • Our hygienists have the advanced education and training to remove harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup between the teeth and gumline that a toothbrush and floss cannot reach.
  • Honest and nonjudgmental feedback from us to ensure you continue to keep your smile healthy, and you can feel confident in the care you receive.
At-Home Education

It wouldn’t be right if we just cleaned your teeth and sent you on your way. You booked your time with us, and we use your time wisely to answer any questions you may have and teach you at-home techniques you can use on your own.

Dental Education from Denti Belli Dentistry

We teach you how to stay on track!

Some of the possibilities of dental health education we could go over at your comprehensive exam include:

  • Proper brushing techniques, including finding the perfect toothbrush and what toothpaste you should use.
  • Proper flossing techniques, including why it’s important and our recommendations for finding the perfect brand.
  • Going over the importance of a healthy diet, and avoiding sugary drinks and sweet foods.
  • Discussing your future plans and goals with your smile whether you’re in need of family dentistry or cosmetic dentistry.

How Can You Keep Your Smile Healthy - DIY Style?

Keeping your smile healthy is a team effort - we cannot do it alone! Half the battle is making sure you practice consistent hygiene practices at home. Check out our advice on the proper brushing and flossing techniques:
  • How often should I visit the dentist?

    For most people, visiting their dentist twice a year is enough.

    People with minimal risk of gum disease or cavities can maintain their oral health by seeing their dentist only once a year.

    If you have a high risk of dental disease, you may need more frequent visits, like every three or four months or more. Who falls into this high-risk group?

    • People who smoke
    • Pregnant women
    • People diagnosed with Diabetes
    • People currently having gum disease
    • People susceptible to bacterial infection due to a weakened immune response
    • People who frequently get cavities or build up higher levels of plaque
  • How many times should I brush and floss daily?
    At a minimum, brush your teeth twice a day (for 2 minutes) and floss at least once a day. If you’re a frequent eater, we recommend you brush and floss more than the minimum to ensure you get rid of food debris and limit your exposure to harmful bacteria.
  • How to properly brush your teeth:
    Get the most out of your brushing in these easy six steps:

    1. Use only a small amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush
    2. Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
    3. Brush the inner and outer surfaces with a gentle, circular motion
    4. Brush your molars with a back-and-forth motion
    5. Be sure to repeat steps 3 and 4 for two minutes
    6. After those two minutes, brush your tongue to get rid of any remaining bacteria and keep your mouth fresh
  • How to properly floss your teeth:
    Become a flossing pro just by following these simple steps:

    1. Use about 18 inches of floss and wrap both ends around your middle fingers
    2. Pinch the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and gently insert the floss between the teeth
    3. When the floss reaches your gumline, curve the floss in a “C shape” against the side of the tooth
    4. Gently rub the floss up and down the tooth. Repeat the process for each side of every tooth

What One Patient Said About His Dental Hygiene Experience at Denti Belli

Denti Belli was very welcome from the staff out front to the Dentist to the hygienist who cleaned my teeth. They examined my teeth and showed me their concerns and created a plan to make my teeth feeling good and healthy. I actually enjoyed my visit today and actually laughed a lot instead of the typical struggle at most other establishments. My teeth feel clean and I feel confident smiling. I was impressed on how the hygienist went out of her way to make sure my teeth looked good and felt better. Thank you for the nice experience and clean teeth!

- Robert B., Actual Patient

Need a Dental Cleaning At Our Renton Dental Office?

Locations We Serve:
  • Renton, WA
  • May Creek, WA
  • Hazelwood, WA
  • Newcastle, WA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Renton Highlands, WA