Our Dental Hygienists strive to exceed your expectations by providing on-time, comfortable dental hygiene appointments. It is also their goal to take the extra time to educate you about your oral health. During your hygiene appointment, we encourage you to ask many questions so we can inform you of your oral health. Our hygiene team prides themselves on following up on your questions or any product information requests about how to best care for your family’s dental health.
• Complete a periodontal assessment.
• Checking for any gum recession.
• Checking for the presence of gingivitis.
• Polishing teeth to remove any surface stain.
• Fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities from forming and harden enamel in weak areas.
• An extra-oral exam at least once a year.
• An intra-oral exam to check the gum tissues, tongue, and lips for confirmation of health.
• Digital x-rays (when needed).
Why are regular Dental Hygiene appointments important?
A dental treatment plan begins with a thorough examination by one of our dentists. Your examination will include an oral cancer screening and a detailed evaluation of the current oral health including your teeth, gums, and the surrounding tissue. We use digital x-rays, periodontal probing, and intra-oral photography to determine your current dental health and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is prioritized to best treat any existing conditions based on our findings.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is damage to a tooth's surface, or enamel. It happens when bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the enamel. Tooth decay can lead to cavities (dental caries), which are holes in your teeth.
What happens at a Dental Hygiene appointment?
The major activity performed by the dental hygienist is to clean your teeth both above the gum line, also known as scaling and below the gum-line, which is known as root planing. We use both traditional hand scalers and ultrasonic scaling tools (that use super-fast vibrations) to remove deposits depending on your scaling and root planing needs.
What is Hygiene Therapy?
Working with your dental hygienist, your individual hygiene treatment plan is coordinated to best treat and monitor the health of your teeth and gums. We offer our patients Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) to eliminate bacteria in the mouth in order to create a fresh environment around your teeth and gums. We also reserve your dental hygiene visits in advance, to best fit your schedule.
How often should I have a Hygiene dental visit?
Our dental hygienists will be happy to advise you how often you should have a dental cleaning based on your specific individual needs.
While most people come in for dental hygiene appointments every 6 months, some people may benefit by coming in every 3-4 months, while others might only require a hygiene appointment every 9 or even every 12 months.
How can I minimize sensitivity during treatments?
If you have experienced sensitivity in your teeth from past hygiene appointments, taking ibuprofen in advance of your hygiene appointment can help alleviate this. If you are experiencing heightened sensitivity then dental freezing may also be an option that needs to be discussed in order to deal with your discomfort issues.
Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and other illnesses like diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. When you have active periodontal disease, the typical routines of home maintenance – including daily dental hygiene and teeth brushing – may not be effective enough, as those methods generally focus on areas of the tooth that are above the gum-line.
But with regular scaling and root planing procedures, we can remove the build-up of plaque, tartar (calculus) and bacterial toxins (biofilms) from tooth surfaces below the gum line, which are the areas that general home care practices are unable to reach.
Gingivitis may be caused by a number of factors that include:
What is Periodontal Disease?
It is important to know that Gum Disease (also known as ‘Periodontitis’) can take many forms. Each form presents us with different levels of severity. If left untreated, severe periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth loss and other potential health problems.
What is Gingivitis?
The most common form of periodontal disease is called ‘Gingivitis.’ Gingivitis causes your gums to become red and swollen. Because of this, they may also tend to bleed easily. However, at this stage of progression, you may only be experiencing little or even no discomfort. Gingivitis is usually caused by an inadequate oral hygiene regimen. It is usually reversible with professional treatment and good oral hygiene habits such as regular brushing and flossing.