Our general hygiene services will help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve. We will keep your smile healthy and bright, while providing education on proper dental care.
What to expect at your next visit
During your visit, you can first expect a cleaning and polishing in order to remove plaque. Then your hygienist will perform a routine checkup to keep an eye out for any weak areas subject to cavities or gum disease. Finally, your dental team will answer any questions you may have, and provide a refresher on the best practices to use for optimal dental health.
Proper dental care education
Dental health education is especially important for young mouths, so children and teenagers can learn to properly care for their teeth. This assures they have a healthy mouth and smile as they grow into adults, which could prevent numerous issues from developing in years to come. Since we understand the long term importance of proper dental care, our pediatric dental staff specializes in oral hygiene education. Our pediatric team teaches kids the correct way to brush and floss in order to keep teeth and gums clean between treatments.
Hygiene services available to you
If your dentist notices that you can benefit from some further treatments to improve your oral health, he or she may make a recommendation for one of the following services:
Fluoride treatments: A fluoride treatment can be used as a cautionary tool to support healthy mouths, especially if you are at high risk for cavities. The use of this natural mineral makes teeth more resistant to acid, and can prevent future cavities.
Desensitizing treatments: Patient suffering from sensitive teeth may benefit from desensitizing treatments. A variety of topical treatments are available, and your dentist can determine what is best for you depending on the area and the level of sensitivity.
Gum disease treatment: Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is a common infection that causes inflammation and damages the soft tissue supporting the teeth. Without treatment, it can lead to bone damage and eventually tooth loss. When cleanings are not enough to eliminate gum disease, your dentist may recommend further treatment. Depending on how progressive the gum disease is, there are a variety of topical treatments and medical mouthwashes that can help. In some cases, oral antibiotics may be needed, or even surgical intervention to stop the infection.
Arestin treatments: An arestin treatment iis one pathway your dentist may use to stop gum disease in its track. This antibiotic medication is placed directly into the infected periodontal pocket during scaling and root planing to effectively eliminate gum disease.
Sealants: Dental sealants are used to prevent plaque and bacteria build up that leads to decay. Sealants act as a protective shield keeping the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of the teeth safe from food and plaque that cause cavities.