We believe that prevention is the key to achieving and maintaining optimum oral health, and it’s our hope that by seeing you every six months for cleanings and check-ups, we can help you avoid a number of uncomfortable dental issues.
Our highly skilled hygienists not only remove the plaque build-up that causes issues such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, they also take the time to educate you about proper home care and the importance of your oral health.
During your regular check-ups, we’ll screen you for gum disease, which occurs when plaque and tartar build-up cause your gums to separate from your teeth, allowing harmful bacteria to attack and infect the tissues and bone supporting your teeth.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and it’s in this stage, that you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. They may also appear red and swollen. The good news is that gingivitis can be effectively managed with a thorough cleaning and an improved home care routine. In fact, you may even be able to reverse gum disease in this stage.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease in which damage starts to occur. If left untreated, the infection will begin to destroy your gum tissue and bone, which will eventually lead to tooth loss. The bacteria from gum disease can actually enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. We now understand that this contributes to other health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
If you should find yourself facing gum disease, we are well equipped to help you. Periodontitis requires a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing that reaches below the gum line to remove tartar and plaque build-up. Antibiotic therapy may also be necessary to combat infection.