Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health

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 doctor and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as Fluoride treatments and nightguards to protect against bruxism and TMJ.

If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning or root planning.  These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth. Scaling and root planning is a non-surgical procedure in which the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line.  It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for the bacteria to grow.

During your dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.  Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at an earlier stage an be more successfully treated.

A heavy consumption of alcohol, approximately 30 drinks a week or more combined with smoking is the primary risk factor for oral cancer.  This combination is estimated to be related to about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country.  Other environmental and lifestyle factors may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

Please call our office for a complete evaluation of your oral health.

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