We recommend that you visit your dental hygienist 2-4 times a year to maintain your oral health. Your dental hygienist will help keep your mouth healthy by removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. Ultimately preventing a multitude of unwanted dental issues from arising.
Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease, it is an infection and inflammation of the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Early treatment and intervention is very important as it can help prevent tooth loss. Gum disease is common among people with diabetes or heart disease.
Signs of Gum Disease:
- Gums that bleed easily, including while brushing your teeth, flossing or eating
- Tender gums that are red or swollen
- Continued bad breath
- Persistent bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth and are receding
- Pockets between your teeth and gums
- Tooth Mobility
Treatment of Gum Disease
If gum disease is treated in its early stage of gingivitis the chances of tooth retention and long term oral health stability are greater. This can be accomplished by routine cleanings every 6 months.
If the initial cleaning and involvement of the disease is too advanced a more specialized cleaning is needed which is called deep scaling and root planing (SRP).
- Scaling is completed by your dental hygienist to remove all subgingival debris (plaque and tartar) to the base of the periodontal pockets.
- Root planing is the process of smoothing and cleaning the root surfaces of your teeth. This process promotes better healing and attachment between the tooth root surface and the surrounding tissue.
Re-care Phase: 30-day Re-Evaluation
After your sessions of scaling and root planing we complete a 30 day re-evaluation to review healing and follow up in areas that may require extra attention. If more attention is needed periodontal surgery will be required which allows the periodontist(gum specialist) to surgically view all areas directly.
Once you have been diagnosed and treated for periodontal disease it is important to continue your routine cleaning schedule in 3, 4, 6 month increments as it applies to your periodontal stability. Periodontal maintenance does not just address areas above the gumline but the entire root and bone around all your teeth that have had periodontal treatment.
Routine dental exams and oral cancer screenings are vital to ensuring long term oral health. Our dentist and dental hygienists are experts at detecting potential problems before they start. Make sure you are having routine exams to prevent dental decay, infections, and pain today!
Routine digital x-rays allows our dentist to accurately diagnose and treat dental problems early before they become more serious. X-rays also give the dentist the ability to see between and inside your teeth. They can also view the end of your roots and bone underneath your gums, places not normally visible. Although they are used as part of a routine and new comprehensive exam to rule out dental disease, x-rays also aid in diagnosing any specific or isolated dental problems you might be experiencing.
How often are x-rays needed? Circumstances vary, and as a result, our dentist and hygienist will evaluate your needs and recommend an x-ray protocol accordingly. If you’re a new patient, our dentist and dental hygienist may advise taking a full series of x-rays or a panoramic image to establish a baseline going forward. As you continue your routine checkup visits, fewer x-rays are typically needed.
Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen the enamel of teeth. It’s most commonly applied as preventative measure to ages 1-18 and is almost always covered by most dental insurances.
Protective dental sealants are a simple, painless solution to prevent cavities, usually recommended for children, teens, and adults with high-risk dental decay. It is applied as a thin coating to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of posterior teeth. The posterior teeth (1st and 2nd permanent molars) are the ones that are most likely to show signs of decay, so it is important to take this extra step to help protect them. Sealants helps keep food particles and germs from getting stuck in the grooves of these teeth, which can cause decay.
Most dental insurances cover sealants for children under the age of 15 as part of regular preventive dental care.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team believes education is one of the most important aspects of your dental visit. Cavity prevention, nutrition, brushing and flossing techniques are all tips and tricks discussed with each dental visit.