Comprehensive Dental Hygiene

Get your routine check-up and a professional teeth cleaning.

Routine Hygiene Wellness

Improve your daily brushing and flossing with Safe Harbor Smiles.

Daily brushing and flossing remove a great deal of the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth, but it’s nearly impossible to remove it all on your own.

Your dental hygienist can be your partner in achieving good oral health and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning can prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Our dentist may recommend more frequent visits based on the condition of your teeth and gums.

What to expect at your check-up appointment:

  • Visual evaluation of teeth, face, jaw and neck

  • Digital images to check for cavities and other possible problems

  • Gum disease evaluation

  • Professional teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment

  • Screening for oral cancer

How Can We Help?

We provide a range of services to help with your hygiene and overall health. Please select an option:

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Caring for Your Smile

Here is what is included in your typical hygiene appointment.
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Visual & Gum Disease Evaluation

During the evaluation, your Bremerton dentist will check for cracked, broken, or decayed teeth as well as looking for any abnormal areas on your cheeks, gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth.

Since gum disease affects almost 50% of adults in the U.S. (Center for Disease Control), we perform a comprehensive assessment during your exam to check for any signs of periodontal disease.

When addressed in the early stages, periodontal disease is easily controlled and possibly reversible. Since gum disease exhibits minimal symptoms until it is significantly advanced, it is important to be evaluated for early stages of the disease. Conservative, early intervention is best and our team will assist you in choosing the best treatment options for your condition.

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Digital Imaging

The dentist may recommend digital x-rays and photographs to help identify problem areas in your mouth. The type of images may vary based on your particular situation, but a full jaw x-ray, called a panoramic x-ray will give the dentist a comprehensive view of all the structures in your mouth as well as your jaw joint and your sinuses.

Digital 3D imaging may be appropriate in your situation to determine exact positioning of your teeth.

Your dentist may also use a special digital camera to take close up pictures of your teeth or gums. This will help them identify and monitor any areas of concern. We also use intraoral cameras to provide live images of while we examine your smile.

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Fluoride Treatment

Cavity Prevention

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends fluoride treatments based on your risk for developing cavities. Our team evaluates if your risk for cavities is low, moderate, or high, based on criteria outlined by the ADA.

Most individuals with low risk are offered a fluoride treatment twice a year.

Moderate risk individuals are offered fluoride twice a year as well as a take-home fluoride product to help reduce the chance of them getting another cavity.

Individuals with a high risk for cavities may be offered fluoride treatment more than twice a year, a take-home fluoride product, as well as an antimicrobial rinse to reduce the cavity-causing bacteria.

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Professional Teeth Cleaning

All of our hygienists are well trained to perform a thorough teeth cleaning. Our team removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and then polishes them to remove stains and smooth the tooth surface. In addition to hand-held hygiene techniques used by our skilled hygienists, ultrasonic devices deliver targeted treatments to hard to reach areas. These devices deliver ultrasonic vibrations to crush and move calcified deposits of calculus.

Dr. Bahrum Mehr and his assistant performing a professional teeth cleaning
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Oral Cancer Screening

Development of oral cancer is on the rise. When detected in the early stages, most oral cancers respond very favorably to treatment. The risk of developing oral cancer increases five times with smoking, two and half times with excessive alcohol use and thirty-two times in the presence of a persistent HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection.

The dentist will look over all the tissue in your mouth, including your tongue, lips and cheeks, checking for anything abnormal. They will also feel for any unusual lumps or bumps and make recommendations for follow up if necessary. We also have the ability to do a salivary screening to check for an active HPV infection. Recommendations for reducing your risk of developing oral cancer include regular screenings and possible lifestyle changes.

Lasers In Dentistry

Taking your dental care into the modern age.

Lasers have been used in dentistry for several years and provide additional benefits when combined with regular cleanings or therapy for gum disease. There are two specific procedures performed by the hygienists in our offices that can reduce your risk of gum disease or provide improved healing if gum therapy is indicated.

Laser Bacterial Reduction

Also known as "Laser Decontamination".

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A procedure in which thermal, light energy is emitted through a small, fiber optic tip between the teeth and the gums. This energy is used to vaporize the harmful bacteria at or below the gum-line called biofilms.

Biofilms have been shown to be directly related to an increased risk of developing gum disease, a serious infection affecting the supporting bone. During your hygiene appointment, the hygienist will disrupt the biofilm to reduce the risk or severity of periodontal disease, but cannot eliminate the bacteria without the use of the laser. Destroying the bacteria will reduce inflammation in the gum tissue, and keep your gums healthier between visits.

  • Are there any side effects, and how does it feel?

    There are no known side effects to laser decontamination. Most patients do not report any sensation during or after the use of the laser. Occasionally, patients will describe a warm, tingling sensation felt during the procedure. Laser decontamination takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and the entire mouth is treated at one time.

  • How does it kill the bacteria? Does it kill good bacteria?

    The laser uses light energy that is absorbed into the pigmented cell walls of the harmful bacteria, vaporizing them. The bacteria in our mouths that do not contribute to inflammation typically lack pigment in their cell walls and thus are not affected in the same way.

  • Why am I just now hearing about the laser for my appointment?

    Dental professionals now have access to this technology by using a laser specifically designed to treat the gums. Due to the advances in the production of these dental lasers, our office now has the availability to offer laser decontamination. We are happy to treat our patients with an elevated level of care that is not only supported by years of research but also affordable.

  • How often should the laser be done?

    Although the laser kills millions of harmful bacteria at your hygiene appointment, the bacteria will begin to multiply again over time, and will eventually be back to their original levels in a few months. For this reason, we recommend laser decontamination be included every time you see your hygienist. For some patients with a history of periodontal treatment, that is every 3 months. You may be thinking to yourself, “If the bacteria just grow back, what’s the point?”. One of the most important factors in obtaining optimal oral health and control of periodontal disease is your body’s ability to fight off these harmful bacteria. It is true that we are unable to kill the bacteria forever with a single use of the laser, but if it is completed at each appointment, we are able to keep them at a constant lower level, giving your immune system the chance to keep your body healthier.

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

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Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy is a procedure in which thermal, light energy is emitted through a small, fiber optic tip between the teeth and the gums. This energy vaporizes the harmful bacteria at or below the gum-line and removes the infection.

Active periodontal disease is a result of this bacterial infection causing a breakdown of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Typically the infected, diseased tissue is removed with a procedure called curettage during gum therapy. It is a non-surgical, conservative procedure performed by your dental hygienist, using a local anesthetic.

Research shows that incorporating the use of the laser into gum therapy procedures “can produce an earlier and greater improvement in gingival health”, and “these applications can be used to improve periodontal wound healing”. The thermal energy produced by the diode laser stimulates circulation and formation of collagen fibers while reducing inflammation and bleeding.

  • Are there any side effects, and how does it feel?

    There are no known side effects to incorporating the laser into gum therapy. Most patients report no discomfort during or after the use of the laser. Local anesthetic is utilized for most laser assisted periodontal therapies. It is also recommended to apply vitamin E oil following the therapy to provide a lubricant barrier and additionally promote healing.

  • Why am I just now hearing about using lasers as part of my dental treatment?

    Dental professionals now have access to this technology by using a laser specifically designed to treat the gums. Due to the advances in the production of these lasers, our office now has the ability to offer laser-assisted periodontal therapy as part of our standard of care. We are happy to treat our patients with an elevated level of care that is not only supported by the research but also affordable.

  • How often should the laser be done?

    Although the laser kills millions of harmful bacteria during the procedure, the bacteria will multiply again over time, returning to original levels over the next several months. For this reason, we recommend laser decontamination therapy be included every time you see your hygienist. For some patients with a history of periodontal disease, this may be every 3 months. One of the most important factors in obtaining optimal oral health and controlling periodontal disease is the body’s ability to fight off these harmful bacteria. Incorporating laser bacterial reduction into appointments following initial gum therapy keeps the bacteria at a lower level, giving the immune system a chance to keep the gums healthier.

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This is an amazing place to go for your dental needs. The atmosphere is soothing. Staff is very helpful and kind in guiding you with what you need. The procedure I've had was easy to go through and I was grateful for how it turned out.
Xavier Ishizaki
Xavier Ishizaki
01:38 28 Nov 18
This office is full of wonderful people. Everybody was so friendly and professional. The dentist is usually my absolute worst nightmare but after talking to the staff I felt completely relaxed and I'll be returning on a more regular basis. If you get stressed about going to the dentist then you should absolutely try this place out. Forgot to mention how clean and nice the office is. Easy 5 stars from me.
Kevin G
Kevin G
22:06 17 Sep 18
I’ve been coming here since it was Dr. Pitcher’s Practice and there’s a reason I keep coming here. Michelle and Linda get me all set with my appointments and chat with me when I arrive for my appointments. It’s like showing up and seeing friends. Once you pass through the door to the clinic floor I hope you get Angela to take care of you. She’s awesome! She remembers every tooth that is cold sensitive or sensitive around the gums. She is careful to never spray cold water or poke these trouble spots. It takes the stress out of the time in the chair. Dr. Mehr is a friendly professional dentist who takes your concerns to heart and investigates. None of those “don’t worry” scenarios that turn into root canals. I like that he remembers little details about our life and always shakes my hand. They’ve got it down here.
Hammock House
Hammock House
21:09 05 May 18
The staff here go out of their way to take care of you. They are extremely organized and I am looking forward to my continued care in their hands.
Ella Williams-Fricke
Ella Williams-Fricke
22:54 18 Jul 18
I have dental anxiety! They made me feel so comfortable. The entire staff is so nice. I don't have anxiety since I went there dentist has excellent bed side manmers
Erika Mendez
Erika Mendez
14:50 08 May 18
Everyone here is SO kind! They also told me more about my teeth than any other dentist I’ve ever seen. I’ve moved around a lot, and Safe Harbor Smiles is the best I’ve ever seen.
chiaravandrick
chiaravandrick
23:55 29 May 19
After not going to a dentist for 20+ years, Dr Mehr and his staff put my mind at ease with their kindness and professionalism. They are wonderful!
New Groove
New Groove
18:01 30 May 19
we spent a year looking for a dentist that I was comfortable with. Everyone Safe Harbor Smiles were all warm and welcoming. They were friendly and I trust them all with the care we are getting. Unfortunately we are moving out of state... I really wish we could take take Dr. Mehr and his office with us.
Lara Young
Lara Young
18:54 30 May 19
Very friendly and professional staff. Makes going to the dentist office a pleasant experience!
Lauri Lybeck
Lauri Lybeck
04:36 04 Jun 19
I have been in the dental profession for over 42 years and having my teeth cleaned here was the best experience ever! Shullon is gentle fast and efficient and always has another a smile on her beautiful face, making everyone feel welcome!
Fran Hunter
Fran Hunter
15:49 04 Jun 19
I’ve gone here for a long time and always have loved the office staff. They are relatable and friendly. Love chatting with them before I go in. Before they switched dentists it was a bit of a train wreck, honestly. The old dentist used to not be so good at doing fillings for me and also wasn’t very professional about things. The new dentist is extremely professional, very friendly, and does things with precision. Thankful for the new switch! And as always have loved every hygienist I get.
Elisha Elam
Elisha Elam
00:23 07 Jun 19
Been going here for awhile now. Everyone is so friendly, I LOVE IT!! Dr. Mehr is great, always answers any questions or concerns.
Aaron
Aaron
17:59 08 Jun 19
Been going here for awhile now. Everyone is so friendly, I LOVE IT!! Dr. Mehr is great, always answers any questions or concerns.
Aaron
Aaron
13:02 10 Jun 19
Very professional and courteous staff.Dr. Mehr is great and does great dental work.My family and 2 friends are seen by him, we all appreciate his attention to detail.
Dustin
Dustin
05:06 15 Jun 19
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How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

The Academy of General Dentistry recommends seeing the dentist for a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. Your Bremerton dentist may recommend you visit more often depending on your specific situation and risk of disease. Some conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or pregnancy may require more frequent cleanings to keep you and your mouth healthy.

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Will my insurance cover my check-up appointment?

Most insurances cover the procedures completed at a check-up and cleaning appointment. Our great team of insurance coordinators will help you navigate through your specific insurance benefits and provide you with an estimate of costs should there be a remaining balance after the insurance payment.

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Maintain Your Oral Health

Improve hygiene habits and enjoy a gentle cleaning with our team.