Oral Hygiene

You won’t believe how clean your teeth feel after a visit to
the hygienist.

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Why is oral hygiene so
important?

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by top-notch daily tooth brushing and flossing techniques. Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus (tartar) to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is a crucial part of your program to prevent gum disease and retain your teeth for your lifetime.

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease
(periodontal disease) than from cavities.

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What happens during
my hygiene visit?

Administer digital oral x-rays.
Inspect your teeth for cavities or signs of decay.
Clean your teeth by using a small tool to scrape them to remove plaque
Brush and floss your teeth
Apply a fluoride treatment.
The dentist will do an oral exam, oral cancer screening, and patient check-up.

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What are some oral hygiene
concerns?

Your hygienist will check for any dental concerns including gingivitis, periodontal disease, and extensive plaque growth.

FAQs

What is gingivitis and/or periodontal disease?

You may have gum disease if your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding. It is natural for this to happen from time to time after eating something that irritates your gums or brushing too aggressively. However, if this happens on a regular basis then you may have some type of gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease can cause some irritation and bleeding. There may be some discomfort, but it will be minimal. This stage is called gingivitis. If left untreated, the disease will spread, and the gums will start to recede by pulling away from the tooth. This creates pockets in the gum tissue that can expose more of the tooth structure and the root system. Once exposed, the tooth and roots are more susceptible to becoming infected as bacteria can gather and start to irritate the area. This can lead to cavities and infections along with bone loss. In severe cases, bone loss in combination with receding gums can lead to tooth loss.

What is Scaling & Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments recommended for gum disease before it becomes severe. This deep cleaning treatment includes two main steps:

  • Scaling: In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface.
  • Root Planing: This step involves cleaning the roots of the teeth, smoothing them to remove bacterial toxins.

The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and to halt the progress of the disease.

If I have periodontal disease, is scaling and root planing the only option?

Scaling and root planing may be combined with other types of periodontal therapy, such as antibiotic treatment. For most patients, scaling and root planing is enough to prevent periodontal disease from progressing further. For more information about the benefits of scaling and root planing and to learn more about the other types of periodontal treatment we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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