Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age, and a diligent at-home oral hygiene routine can make the difference between outstanding oral health and a succession of dental problems. As important as personal oral hygiene is, it’s not really effective unless combined with routine professional dental cleanings and exams.
At Complete Dental Care, One of our goal is to spend time educating our patients about the connection between prevention and healthy teeth and gums. Staying a step ahead of problems with preventive care is the easiest way to reduce the risk of costly and complicated dental procedures in the future.
Protecting your teeth with preventive treatments isn’t just good for your dental health either. Poor oral health and chronic gum disease can contribute to serious issues like heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and even pregnancy complications.
Regular dental exams give us a chance to check the current condition of your oral health. Our exams focus on your entire mouth to identify problems that may be developing, like the onset of gum disease, bite problems, and even early signs of oral cancer.
If you’re a new patient, we’ll spend some time talking with you to learn about your expectations for a healthy mouth. Next, Dr. Ephram will perform a visual exam to look for any obvious problems. Digital radiographs (x-rays) help us see if any problems are developing deep inside your teeth. During your follow-up visit, we’ll talk to you about our findings and work with you to develop a long-range treatment plan.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth at home, it's still essential to schedule routine professional dental cleanings with a skilled dental hygienist to eliminate the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth
Cleanings twice a year are sufficient for many patients, but for those with a history of periodontal (gum) disease, we usually recommend more frequent cleanings.
Treating Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a serious threat to your oral health. If we don’t catch it early, it can cause teeth to loosen and will eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
If you’re in the earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis), a thorough cleaning by our hygienist may be all that’s needed to get you back on the road to a healthy smile. We may recommend more frequent cleanings to stay a step ahead of the disease.
However, if we find that gum disease has progressed to the next stage, periodontitis, we will recommend a deep cleaning to eliminate the bacteria and infected tissue. During this process (often referred to as scaling and root planing) our skilled hygienist gently and comfortably removes plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria above and below the gum line using a gentle, efficient ultrasonic scaler.
This treatment smooths the surface of the tooth so affected gum tissue can heal and naturally reattach to the tooth. Depending on the extent of infection present, it may be necessary to prescribe antibiotics.
Please Call to Arrange Your Next Appointment
Achieving excellent oral health is possible for everyone, and it starts with prevention. If you’d like to take the first step toward making your teeth as healthy as possible, please call our Hawthorne dental office to arrange your next dental exam and cleaning.