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Cleaning and Prevention

A healthy mouth starts at home, with good dental hygiene and a healthy, balanced diet.   Protecting your dental health is key to improving your overall health.  We can be your partner in good dental hygiene by scheduling visits every six months for routine cleaning and a thorough dental exam.

Periodontal Maintenance is performed by a dental hygienist and consists of:

  • Plaque and tartar removal:  Plaque is the invisible film on teeth that, if not removed, could result in excess bacteria grown and gum disease. Tartar is a result of plaque that has had the chance to harden, which can happen in as little as 26 hours.  Using specialized dental tools and a gentle hand, a dental hygienist can easily remove plaque and tartar by scaling them from your teeth.  It is typically painless and easy.

  • Tooth polishing:  After the plaque and tartar have been removed, a thorough polishing will help to restore your healthy smile.

A dental exam is performed by a dentist and consists of the following:

  • Oral cancer screening: Oral cancer can affect the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums so all are examined for any signs of oral cancer.

  • Gum disease evaluation: The gums and bone around the teeth are checked for any signs of periodontal disease.

  • Examination for tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be screened for decay.

  • Examination of existing restorations: Your dentists will check current fillings, crowns, and any additional restoration you might have.

In conjunction with the dental exam, low dose digital x-rays are taken at customized intervals based on your risk factors. Risk factors that increase the need for more frequent x-rays include:

  • history of recurrent caries

  • existing restorations of poor quality

  • demineralization

  • high titers of cariogenic bacteria (cavity-causing bacteria)

  • consistently high plaque score

  • diet high in sugar

  • developmental or acquired enamel defects

  • developmental or acquired disability

  • xerostomia (low saliva production/dry mouth)

  • genetic abnormality of teeth

  • chemo/radiation therapy

  • eating disorders

  • drug or alcohol abuse

  • high consumption of energy drinks

  • irregular dental care

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