Dental cleanings are essential in removing plaque and tartar, the main causes of gingivitis. During a cleaning, our friendly hygienists will use specialized instruments to gently remove buildup until the teeth are clean and smooth. The cleanings are completed by a polishing of the teeth, helping to remove stains and leave your mouth feeling refreshed.
Dental exams are essential in detecting problems beneath the surface of your teeth. During a dental exam, the dentist will look for cavities, root decay and gum disease. They will also check current fillings and review x-rays to see any hidden problems, such as bone loss. An oral cancer screening is a standard procedure during the examination. With the early detection of problems found during dental exams, treatments are often quicker, more cost effective and completely restorative.
A daily habit of brushing your teeth can help keep tooth decay and periodontal disease at bay. According to the American Dental Association
, you should use a soft-bristled tooth brush, brushing the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth for two minutes twice a day. Brush your tongue as well to remove bacteria and have fresh breath.
Flossing is essential in removing plaque from between the teeth and gum line, often where tooth brushes cannot reach. To remove plaque buildup, wrap 18” of dental floss around your middle finger of each hand and pinch it between your thumb and index finder. Slide the floss between each tooth, gently guiding it beneath the gum line and around the sides of the tooth. Use a clean section of floss with each tooth. If you have questions or would like help, ask our hygienists for tips.
To help fight against bad breath, we recommend using an over-the-counter mouthwash. Mouth rinses can often help remove particles in your mouth, prevent tooth decay and plaque buildup, but they are never meant to be used as a substitute to regular brushing, flossing and dental exams. Our dentists and hygienists can recommend a mouthwash to suite your needs.
Gingivitis, the initial stage of periodontal disease, is the inflammation of the gum tissue caused by plaque and bacteria. It often results in gums that bleed, are swollen and tender and/or bright red or purple. Gingivitis is treatable with a thorough and proper dental cleaning and regular brushing and flossing.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to a periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth – the gums, bones, and ligaments. Caused by untreated plaque buildup and other factors such as a poor diet, smoking, and genetics, teeth may become loose and need to be extracted. However, with modern treatment and prevention, teeth can be preserved.