Dental Hygiene / Periodontal Health/ Gum Disease Prevention
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit our office.
Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It's very important to have us check this area if you have bleeding during brushing.
Periodontal (Gum Disease) Prevention
Often when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth, gum disease can form. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed. If left untreated, this inflammation can cause a deterioration of gums and bone, and lead to problems like gum recession, tooth loss and pain. It has been proven that gum disease is also associated with other common diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It's important to be aware of your gum health to prevent periodontal problems down the road.
We also offer periodontal cleanings and treatment, to help you stay on top of your gum health. It's a good idea to get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, where we examine your teeth, plaque level, gums, bite and bone structure and identify any risk factors that might increase your risk for gum disease. Every day routine does make a difference. Be sure to brush teeth after meals, including your tongue, where bacteria can hide and grow. Floss at least once daily. Swish with mouthwash to reduce plaque and remove food particles. Avoid smoking, and if you are a heart disease patient or a diabetic, be extra aware of your gum health.