Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems, most commonly, dental cavities, gingivitis, periodontal (gum) diseases and bad breath. There are also oral pathologic conditions in which good oral hygiene is required for healing and regeneration of the oral tissues. These conditions include gingivitis, periodontitis, and dental trauma, such as subluxation, oral cysts, and following wisdom tooth extraction.
Our office is equipped with state of the art equipment and digital X-rays to get images with the lowest radiation possible. Digital X-rays lower the radiation by 80% compared to the exposure of traditional dental X-rays. Dental X-rays are essential preventative and diagnostic images that help with the early detection of conditions in the teeth including but not limited to tooth decay, bone loss, abscesses, and tumors (malignant and benign).
We also use an intra-oral camera to show you the general condition of your teeth, gums and existing restorations.
Professional teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis, literally a preventive treatment of a disease) is a procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop, even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. It is often done by a dentist or a dental hygienist. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease.
Our Specialists will perform a comprehensive dental exam during your first visit. Dental exams typically involve the following :
Tooth Decay: All tooth surfaces will be examined for traces of decay.
Bone Loss: Examination for any signs of bone loss.
Periodontal disease: Examination of the gums and bones around the teeth for signs of gum disease.
Tumors: Examination of the mouth, tongue, lips, throats, face, neck and gums for signs of oral cancer.