Dental Hygiene & Periodontal Health
Dental Hygiene and Periodontal (Gum)Health
It is estimated that in the U.S. 80-90% of adults have some form of gum disease in their mouths. The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are bleeding gums, bone loss, swollen gums, loose teeth and receding gums .The earliest stage of a gum infection is called gingivitis , which is bleeding in the gums with out bone loss . The good news is that gingivitis treatment can be reversed with a through teeth cleaning by our hygienist and we will show you the proper home care to keep healthy gums for a lifetime. When bone loss has occurred gum disease treatment could range from scaling or root planning (see below) to periodontal surgery. Our experienced staff can advise you on each of these gum treatment options and these measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Oral cancer screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can’t always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It’s very important to have your dentist check this area if you have bleeding during brushing.
Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
Only a few years ago when treatment was recommended to patients with moderate to severe gum disease, there was either extraction or painful surgical correction to undergo for these people. Now with lasers being used in our office for non-surgical treatment of gum disease there has been another alternative for patients that is less painful and more conservative. With laser therapy we can bio-stimulate your soft tissues to regrow both new attachment and even bone!