To keep your gums healthy, you must remove the plaque from your teeth every day with proper brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are also important especially since 3 out of 4 adults have some form of gum disease of which they are not aware! Daily cleaning at home will help keep plaque and calculus, or tarter, to a minimum, but it won’t completely prevent it. A professional cleaning is necessary to remove calculus and plaque from places your toothbrush and floss may have missed. Gingival (gum) health is essential to good oral health. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, or periodontitis often goes undetected because often there are no significant symptoms that alert the patient to a problem. We recommend a professional dental hygiene visit at least twice a year. Your exam includes professional cleaning, tartar removal, plaque removal, digital x-rays, oral cancer screening, and fluoride (when indicated). Complete periodontal charting is done at a patient’s initial appointment and at subsequent intervals which is a review and recording of the health of your gums.
This video provides an overview of the causes and symptoms of dry mouth, as well as oral health complications that can arise from it and the importance of seeking treatment.
Decay – Progression of Decay
This video shows you how plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth can progress and ultimately cause decay that places the tooth at risk if left untreated.
Prophy vs. Scaling and Root Planning
This video shows you the differences between scaling and root planing and a routine dental cleaning to prevent and treat periodontal disease.