Dental Hygiene Services
It's not just a cleaning...
Don't underestimate your regular dental cleaning! This visit is important to maintain your oral health. At your checkup, your doctor and hygienist will perform a thorough exam of your teeth and gums to look for signs of oral cancer, dental decay, oral infection and periodontal (gum) disease. Early detection helps minimize treatment and avoid emergencies. Read more about our recommendations for Preventive Care.
Did You Know? - An estimated 75% of Americans have some form of Periodontal Disease*
Periodontal Disease (formerly known as Pyorrhea) is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed. If left untreated, periodontal disease can break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults*. (*American Dental Hygienists' Association, 2010)
Common signs of periodontal disease are bleeding and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and gum recession.
- In most cases, periodontal disease does not hurt.
- At your dental checkup, we will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Combined with diagnostic dental xrays, this process will help reveal any abnormal "pockets" - an indication of areas of gum disease in need of treatment.
- If periodontal disease is present, we may perform non-surgical gum therapy in our office, or, refer you to a Periodontist (gum specialist) for your care.