Preventive Dental Care

Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning is a procedure to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Most dental cleanings take only between 25 and 30 minutes. It is done either by your dentist or dental hygienist. It is imperative for your oral health and general wellbeing that you receive a professional cleaning every six months. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Neglected gums will bleed and could cause severe oral problems, such as loosening and loss of your teeth, bad breath along with other general diseases. Some of the possible preventable diseases by a simple routine dental cleaning include heart diseases, stroke, arthritis. Patient with diabetes will be at greater risk for bleeding gums but routine cleaning will improve their gum health. Therefore a routine and regular dental cleaning could prevent major health issues in the future. The procedure will include scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling:

A process to remove plaque and tartar from all teeth surfaces. Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. Several new methods are also available such as ultrasonic, electric, laser scalers. These sophisticated tools allow dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both electric and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.

Root planing:

A specific treatment that removes the roughened tooth and rooth surfaces that is covered with calculus, bacteria and their toxins. This is the process of cleaning pockets in the gums to treat and prevent gum problems. Root planing is used to treat moderate to advanced gum diseases. When the gum is inflamed, gum pockets become deeper and may lose connections to the bone inside. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for plaque deposits to become trapped and worsen gum problems. Root planing involves inserting a pointed dental tool called scalers into the gum pockets to clean plaque buildup. Depending on the degree of difficulty, root planing may take several appointments and a local anesthesia may be used to prevent pain.

Polishing:

The last step in tooth cleaning and involves finishing the surface of the teeth to make them shiny and clean. On the completion of this procedure your gums and mouth will feel rejuvenated clean and healthy.


Sealants

Sealents are used to provide protection against future dental decay. They are especially effective in young dentition. Sealents should be applied as soon as the tooth is erupted. Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth, which can accumulate plaque, and allow bacteria to hide and develop decays. In the dental office the teeth will be cleaned and thin layer of coating will be brushed on to feel the pits and grooves.


Nightguards and Mouthguards

Use a mouthguard during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. It will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breath. Custom designed mouthguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth.

Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect their teeth and bite. They are custom made and carefully adjusted for each patient.


Smoking (Tobacco) Cessation

Smoking cigarettes, or cigars or enjoying tobacco in any form or shape is very addictive. Multiple research studies indicate that quitting tobacco use will lower the chances of having a heart attack, stroke or cancer, including oral cancer. A smoke-free environment is healthier for those around you. If you’re pregnant, you’ll improve your chances of having a healthy baby. You can quit once and for all. Let us talk to you about options which will help you to stop smoking.