Dental Hygiene



Traditional 6 Month Cleanings

Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene

It is important to see a dental hygienist twice a year for a routine cleaning and exam. By brushing and flossing each day, some plaque removal is possible. Plaque that is left behind on teeth can harden to form tartar. Tartar is the leading cause of tooth decay and gum disease. By removing the tartar as well as any staining on the teeth, a hygienist can help you maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

 

Periodontal Treatment

Root planning and scaling (RPS) is a gentle and efficient method to treat gum disease (periodontal disease). It is performed when deeper gum pockets and bone loss are present, and also if the teeth are presented with an excessive amount of tarter. The patient's comfort is very important, and local anesthetic can be used to numb the gum tissue. After the procedure is completed it is recommended that the patient be put on a 3 or 4 month recall for cleaning appointments. This ensures the removal of any leftover bacteria and tarter unable to be removed by daily brushing and flossing. Monitoring the current bone level and removing all tarter during these cleaning appointments is vital in promoting a healthy month.