Your Dental Hygiene Specialists
Regular Exams and Cleanings
We encourage all of our patients age four and up to schedule regular checkups for several reasons, including:
To diagnose problems you might not see or feel
Find early signs of decay
Treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable
When you come in for your regularly scheduled checkups, they will normally last about 45 minutes to an hour. Each regular exam will include a detailed cleaning of your teeth. This will include: cleaning your teeth, polishing your teeth and rinsing your teeth to remove all tartar and plaque that might have built up on the tooth’s surface.
In order to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright, we recommend visiting our office and speaking with your dentist every three to six months. To schedule an appointment to meet with your dentist, please contact our practice to set up an appointment for your regular exams. Remember, checkups and exams are available by appointment only.
Fluoride is a great tool to be used in addition to regular brushing and flossing. Fluoride helps prevent cavities and tooth decay, and it helps stop plaque buildup from harming your teeth. During your regularly scheduled checkup, your dentist will offer a fluoride treatment. This will take just a few minutes, but it will have a lasting impact on your teeth. After the treatment, your dentist will ask that you do not rinse out your mouth eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow your teeth time to absorb the fluoride.
When there is an unhealthy level of bacteria in gums, scaling and root planing may not be enough to help balance it. Bacteria is especially present in patients with periodontitis. While antibiotics help, they are especially useful when used as an oral treatment. Arestin is an antibiotic treatment that is applied directly to the tooth pocket and will remain active longer. This will help reduce pocket depth so that gums can heal better than with just scaling and root planing measures.
The area between your teeth and your gums is called the “pocket.” Dental professionals measure this pocket to make sure it is healthy and not at risk for periodontitis. The charting process is quick and simple. The dentist or hygienist will measure from the gum line to where the tooth meets the gums and will call out numbers for each tooth. This is a measurement. Healthy gums will have pockets around two to three millimeters, but anything greater than five is a sign that periodontal disease is degraded the bone that supports your teeth.
Flossing, along with brushing, is an essential part of dental health. Hydro floss is an alternative to thread floss, but it easily cleans between teeth, under gums, and around dental appliances like braces or permanent retainers. The hydro flosser only uses water and magnets to achieve positive results for reducing plaque and calculus. Hydro floss is especially useful for those who already have inflamed gums and need something more gentle than thread floss.
Oral B Electric Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth can help prevent periodontal disease and keeps your teeth healthy and white. Oral B electric toothbrush is an innovative brush designed to effectively remove more plaque, whiten, protect gums, and make sure that you never miss a spot. The bluetooth technology even notifies you if you are brushing your teeth too hard. If you have problems with brushing your teeth, this brush will make it easier and will get the job done better than a standard brush.