Prophylaxis and Cleanings

Prophylaxis and Cleanings

Prevention is Key

Routine Cleanings and your Body’s Health

A clean mouth is important not just for your oral heath, but for your systemic health, as well. Numerous studies have shown, for example, links between gum disease and heart disease. And while there is no direct correlation as of yet, the evidence is clear that having dental cleanings every six months is good for your teeth – and good for you!

When we see you for your cleaning, we will clean your teeth, polish your teeth, and apply Fluoride if necessary (Fluoride isn’t just for children, and it can help prevent cavities in patients with certain medical conditions such as dry mouth).

Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Many patients ask about gingivits and periodontitis, and the difference is an important one.

Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gums (the gingiva), with no underlying bone loss. And with routine cleanings and thorough home care, Gingivitis is relatively easy to control.

Periodontitis, on the other hand, refers to inflammation of the gums where one starts to lose bone over time. The problem with losing bone over time is that as you lose more bone, the teeth get weaker in the mouth, and eventually need to be extracted. One of the initial treatments for periodntial disease is scaling and root planing, or “deep cleaning.”

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Real Patients, Real Testimonials

I went in and was immediately put at ease. They were willing to stay late to make sure my exam was through and a tentative plan was put into place. When I returned the following day to see the hygienist, a definitive plan was put into place and the doctor and staff made sure I understood each step and what was needed.

KY

I don't really like to go to the Dentist but the staff and the Dr are awesome!! Very kind, happy and professional!! The Dr is very gentle and communicative; as he tells you what he is going to do in detail and is a warm, caring person.

LT

Folks, if you're looking for a new dental practice...look NO further! My 1st phone call to schedule a consultation was met with a kind and caring person who seemed genuinely concerned with the problems and pain I was experiencing. Though her schedule was full, she managed to fit me in to see the dentist.

MM