Preventative Dentistry & Oral Hygiene
The periodontal health of a patient is very important. A disease of the gums is directly related to many systemic diseases including Heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and pancreatic cancer. Our skilled hygienists will chart and measure the gum tissue to diagnose if you have any disease such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, and determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
Healthy periodontia should appear pink and firm and have ideal readings of 1-3mm. These readings are measured by our hygienists using a periodontal probe. Gingivitis occurs when inflammation, redness, and bleeding is present. Readings above 4mm can indicate Periodontal or gum disease.
Prophylaxis (cleaning) is all that is necessary for patients with overall healthy gum tissue.
In-depth cleaning may be needed for patients with inflammation of gum tissue and build-up of tartar and plaque.
Scaling and root planning which is a non-surgical therapy that is a deep cleaning below the gum line used to treat gum disease.
Patients that need more advanced treatment will be referred to a periodontist.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Once a patient is seated and medical history is reviewed a head and neck exam will be performed. This exam will check the structure of your neck, jaw, and head for any signs of oral cancer. A velscope will be used in addition to the intraoral exam. The velscope emits a safe visible light in the oral cavity which can help visualize oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and precancer.
The oral health of our adolescent patients is also very important. Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent cavities, but toothbrushes cannot always reach into deep grooves on back molars. Sealants are a thin protective coating that are placed on children’s molars to prevent cavities.
Returning patients will have medical history reviewed, head and neck exam and oral cancer screening performed and necessary X-rays taken. bitewings are. a set of X-rays taken yearly. Bitewings are the best way to detect caries in between posterior teeth. Prophylaxis treatment and exam performed.