Cleanings & Prevention
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We recommend that our patients visit our office twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.
Each visit we will do a complete visual oral exam of your teeth and gums, oral cancer screening, periodontal (gum) disease screening, appropriate x-rays (panoramic or bite wing) and intra-oral camera photos as needed. We screen for cancer, bruxism, and TMJ problems.
During your routine visit, one of our hygienists will measure the gum tissue around each tooth to assess any evidence of periodontal deterioration or gum disease.
If periodontal disease is diagnosed, there are a variety of treatments that are available to treat the disease and even reverse it.
Most people are aware that periodontal disease poses a threat to keeping your teeth because when gums aren’t healthy, teeth can become loose and even fall out. It is a major contributor to bad breath.
Recent studies have linked gum disease to an increased risk of the following:
- Heart Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Complications in controlling blood sugar levels in Diabetes
- Certain cancers, including pancreatic cancer
- Low birth weight babies
- Premature birth
Different treatment options may include antibiotic treatment (there are antibiotics that have been created to treat periodontal bacteria. We use them in different ways on an individual basis), and/or deep cleanings (there are different levels depending on the severity).
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making your teeth stronger and resistant to bacteria and sugars in your mouth. It helps remineralize and repair damaged tooth enamel. Ask about our fluoride treatments and if they are right for you.
Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed in the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on theses surfaces. The majority of decay in the back teeth starts in these pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of these teeth. Sealing these surfaces shortly after eruption of these permanent teeth helps to prevent this type of common decay.
Sealants are one of the most effective methods of preventing decay on the surfaces where they are placed. Sealants significantly reduce the overall chance of having cavities when they are placed in these teeth, although there is still a possibility decay may develop on the surfaces in between the teeth.