Preventive Dental Hygiene Services
Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. Practice good oral hygiene at home and keep regular appointments with us, and your oral health can be maintained throughout all stages of your life.
At your hygiene appointment your hygienist will assess your gum health using a periodontal probe. The measurements taken indicate whether or not inflammation and breakdown is occurring. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Periodontal disease is a prominent reason for tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is mostly pain-free, many people are not aware they have it until the disease has advanced. By then, the bone loss and damage to gum tissue is irreversible. Periodontal disease affects not only your oral health, but is also linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other health issues. Your hygienist will be checking for signs of gum disease at each and every appointment. The frequency of your recommended cleanings will depend upon your individual oral health needs.
When periodontal disease has progressed and no longer can be treated with regular home care and hygiene appointments, active therapy may be advised. This involves a deeper cleaning, often with local anesthetic, to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Your hygienist scales deeply under your gums, removing the plaque and calculus in hard-to-reach areas, which will allow the gum tissue to heal. This is often completed in more than one appointment. The goal of active therapy is to reduce the bleeding and inflammation caused by periodontal disease. Once your gums are back in a healthy, stable state, you can return to your recommended hygiene cleanings.
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Caries Risk Assessment and Prevention
Our hygiene program has enhanced services to reflect current scientific advancements in regard to prevention of cavities. Dental caries (cavities) remain the most common threat to early childhood oral health. However, it is not just children who are at risk. Many adults also face higher risk due to their medical history, dietary habits and side effects from common medications. Our office is able to identify individuals at high-risk levels by using evidence-based caries risk-assessment forms and the newest technology, such as transilluminescence with CariVu. Additional services to help reduce cavities in high-risk individuals include preventive sealants, fluoride treatments, prescription-strength toothpaste and mouth rinses, desensitization treatments and more hands-on oral hygiene instruction.
We are excited to add the technology of transilluminescence to our diagnostic tool belt. The CariVu is an effective, easy-to-use cavity detection device. It uses safe, near-infra-red light, and allows the clinician to see through the tooth. Lesions or cracks in the tooth trap and absorb the light and will appear as a dark area. Healthy enamel and tooth structure will appear transparent. This technology is highly accurate and helps your dental professional to diagnose areas of concern quickly so that preventive treatment can be recommended.
To watch the educational videos on this exciting new technology CariVu transilluminesence, please click here.
There are intra-oral cameras in each hygiene operatory. The camera is used at each appointment to allow us to educate you on your oral health, while using minimally invasive dentistry. The pictures taken are magnified on the computer screen, enabling you to see what we see when examining your teeth. Crack lines, areas of decay, demineralization, the wear and erosion around older fillings, and erosion are just some of the conditions we can show you and help detect with the intra-oral camera. It is very important that each patient understands what is happening inside their own mouth, and how that compares to what we consider ideal. This technology makes that possible.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings placed over the surfaces of back teeth to protect them from developing cavities. Sealants cover the deep pits and crevices called fissures. They keep food and bacterial plaque from getting trapped in those hard-to-reach spaces. This can help prevent decay from occurring there. Often, toothbrush bristles are too big to clean the pits and fissures effectively. To ensure the sealant will adhere properly, the dentist needs to prepare the tooth surface. This preparation is quick and painless. Once the biting surface of the tooth is ready, the sealant goes on as a liquid so it can fill in the deep pits and fissures. A curing light is used to harden the sealant material quickly. This is done in one brief visit to our office. As long as the sealants remain intact, they protect the chewing surfaces from decay in both children and adults. Sealants are durable and can stand up to daily chewing forces. Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is the best way to ensure that your sealants are in good condition. Speak with us today about sealants, and other ways to keep your smile healthy.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
During your hygiene appointment we will make sure to leave you with some daily preventative instructions to maintain and improve your oral health. For example, you will learn flossing and brushing techniques, learn about the best daily food choices, or be introduced to new dental equipment and procedures.
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