Oral Care

Advanced Hygiene and Periothetrapy

You might think of hygiene visits as just a routine cleaning and exam, but we see them as opportunities to stop potential periodontal problems in their tracks.

Why are healthy gums so important?

More people lose teeth from periodontal disease than cavities. We want your restorative treatments to last. Healthy gums are critical for that to happen.

Without your gums to hold your teeth in place, your smile would be nonexistent. Healthy gums are the first steps to complete oral health. Taking care of your periodontal problems is how we begin dental treatment with our new patients.

The bacteria that cause periodontal disease also have been linked to serious health problems such as heart disease, poor circulations as well as premature and low birth weight babies. When we treat periodontal disease, our concern is for your overall health, not just your teeth.

How prevalent is periodontal disease?

More than 85% of people have some level of periodontal or gum disease. Often, it is misdiagnosed or simply ignored. We use advanced training and technology to diagnose and treat periodontal disease before it becomes a major threat to your health.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

There are often no symptom. Gums can recede, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses and tooth loss- all wihtout any bleeding or tenderness. But many people have at least minor symptoms, which can include the following:

  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing.
  • Puffiness or tenderness of the gums.
  • Halitosis (bad breath).
  • Loose-feeling teeth.

How do you treat periodontal disease?

Avariety of new technologies, such as ultrasonic scalers, and laser periodontal therapies, make the treatment of this disease more thorough and comfortable than ever before. We can apply antibiotics directly to gums in order to help kill backteria that causes the disease. We also use a diode laser to treat the disease and make treatment more comfortable.

In short, this disease is treatable, eve at an advanced state, to help you keep your teeth and improve your health.

What can I do at home to help?

Good oral hygiene is important. You should brush at least two to three times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Daily flossing, fluoride rinses and an oral irrigator also are important. These preventive measures in combination with you in-office treatment should have your mouth restored to perfect health in no time!

Cavities

Nobody wants to hear that they have a cavity when visiting the dentistst, but it’s important to have cavities reparied before they develop into more serious problems.

Because a cavity is an area where the tooth has started to decay, we take special consideration to restore teeth in a conservative manner, saving as much of the natural tooth as possible.

Regardless of the patient’s age, cavities are filled with storng, attractive and safe materials, including porceain inlays and onlays and composite resin fillings.

You and your children can avoid the development of cavities by suing the following tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day.
  • Brush up and down in a circular motion.
  • Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy.
  • Floss your teeth once per day to remove plaque.
  • Limit sweets and sugary drinks, like soda.
  • See your dentists twice per year for checkups.