Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health/Deep Cleaning
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Deep Cleaning: Scaling & Root Planing
Deep cleaning or scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the dentist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red / white patches or recurring sores. These are lesions that may be caused from biting your cheek or tongue. Or they may be some form of pre-cancerous tissue. If you have a sore in your mouth that is not healing, let the dentist know so it can be checked.
One of the most common areas for the occurrence of oral cancer is on the sides of the tongue. The dentist will gently pull out your tongue with a gauze and inspect the sides for various lesions or sores. Commonly, tongue bites must be evaluated over a period of time to eliminate the possibility of a more serious lesion.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer has a high fatality rate because of a lack of early detection. Regular check ups will help reduce your risk of this disease.