No matter how often you brush and floss your teeth, they are constantly accumulating plaque and tartar due to the natural processes of the mouth. If these processes go unchecked they will create an environment that is conducive to bacteria growth and that can lead to cavities, gum disease and a number of other dental problems. The good news is getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis can help prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar while keeping your smile looking the best it can. So what does our staff do when we clean your teeth? Our dental hygienists are professionally trained and have years of experience in this process that includes a variety of techniques. An ultrasonic instrument helps loosen tartar using high-speed vibrations while simultaneously spraying water; most patients will find this causes a slight tickling sensation. Next, our staff uses specialized hand instruments that allow them to clean each tooth individually and look for problems such as tooth decay, gum swelling and other potentially harmful signs. After your teeth have their plaque and tartar removed we polish them with a polishing paste that can also create a tickling sensation. Typically we recommend you undergo the cleaning process twice a year but we always tailor the cleaning frequency to your individual needs.
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.