Professional Oral Hygiene (Teeth Cleaning)
A professional oral hygiene procedure is more than just the cleaning of your teeth!
- Prevention should serve as a lifestyle pattern for total health, not the least of which is dental health.
- Prevention in dentistry leads to improved long-term oral health and reduced dental costs.
- It encourages a bright smile, fresh breath, and an overall good feeling of personal security.
- Prevention is your insurance policy toward a healthier, pain-free, debt-free lifestyle.
Our Dental Hygienists provide excellent services to assist in the maintenance of your overall dental health. Your partnership with them serves to increase your knowledge of your present oral condition. When you keep your appointment with your hygienist, the following benefits will result:
- Your dental hygienist will customize a personal home and preventive maintenance program for you, and inform you of those dental products which are appropriate for your particular needs. You will be instructed in the proper methods of brushing, flossing, and using adjunctive dental health devices.
- Your entire mouth will be thoroughly and carefully examined for gum disease, growths, lesions, and any abnormalities that might affect your general health.
- Your teeth will be cleaned and polished to remove plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line, eliminating bacteria that lead to cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.
- Fluoride will be applied to teeth to prevent decay (for children), and root sensitivity/root cavities (for adults).
- Sealants can be easily applied to the chewing surfaces of children’s teeth to protect against future decay.
Dental disease is a silent invader, presenting itself in various forms (puffy, bleeding gums; cavities; oral cancer; abscesses). Although your mouth may appear to be in good health at this time, stresses, body changes, life changes, medications, illness, and age can tax your immune system. Maintaining regular re-care appointments and follow-up appointments with your dental hygienist offers you the assurance that any problems regarding your oral care will be addressed immediately.
Most patients are best served with a professional hygiene procedure performed twice annually for good oral health, but patients with active periodontal (gum) disease (or a history of periodontal disease) often need to be treated every 3-4 months. It should be noted that some the effects of gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but seeing our Dental Hygienists regularly is one of the tools Dr. Fletcher can use to effectively control its progression or a relapse.