Dental Hygiene (Teeth Cleaning)
Your visit will begin with a physical examination of your entire mouth. We will use a small mirror to check around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis or other potential concerns. Then we will use a scaler to remove the plaque and tartar around your gum line and in between your teeth. After the tartar and plaque have been removed, we will deep clean your teeth with a high powered electric brush, expertly floss and apply a fluoride treatment.
In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Our doctors and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or night guards to protect against bruxism & TMJ.
We will also give recommendations on how to incorporate more fluoride into your daily oral care to prevent future cavities. If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend scaling and root planing. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning, non-surgical procedure in which the periodontist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.