Here are some tips to keep a healthy smile.
Brush your teeth at least 2 times per day.
Floss at least once a day.
Visit your dentist at least every 6 months, or as recommended.
Quit Smoking. It increases your risk for oral cancer and infection.
Our team can provide patients with the following oral hygiene services and products.
Adult & Children Prophylaxis (Cleanings):Removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth structures. It is intended to control local irritation factors.
Floss: Usually a synthetic, threadlike material which is regularly passed between the teeth to reduce plaque buildup and reduce cavities.
Fluoride: Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. Studies show that fluoride reduces cavities in people of all ages and is effective and safe when used correctly.
Coronal Polish: The removal of soft deposits such as materia alba, plaque, and stains from the clinical crowns of the teeth to provide cleaner-appearing dentition using a rubber cup or prophy jet.
Sealants: Thin plastic coatings applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to protect from tooth decay. Recommended for young children.
Identafi (Oral Cancer Screening): Helps detect oral cancer in its early and/or advanced stages. A screening is usually recommended once per year for adults 18 and older; and especially for those who use tobacco, heavy amounts of alcohol, or have a history of oral cancer.
MI Paste (Treats Sensitivity/Dry-Mouth/Restores Enamel Loss): A versatile tooth applicant used treat a variety of conditions and maintain a healthy dental environment.
Gum disease is often in the form of gingivitis and bone loss caused by toxins produced by bacteria in plaque accumulating along the gum line. Early clinical signs include painless bleeding. Pain appears with advanced gum disease as bone loss around the teeth leads to gum pocket formation. Bacterial infection of gum pockets causes swelling, pain, and further bone destruction. Advanced gum disease can cause loss of otherwise healthy teeth.
How We Treat It:
Scaling & Root Planing is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Local anesthetic may be used to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. A tool called an ultrasonic may also be used for the scaling and root planing. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool. The dentist may place an antibiotic into the pockets between your teeth and gums to help speed healing and prevent infection. Patients may need additional appointments to treat the disease.
- Scaling & Root Planing (Conventional Periodontal Therapy): The process of removing or eliminating dental plaque, its products, and calculus which causes inflammation.
- Arestin (Antibiotic): An antibiotic treatment for advanced periodontal (gum) disease that is used as an ad-on therapy to dental scaling & root planing.