Our dental hygienists will provide you with a very thorough and gentle cleaning. The goal of the treatment is to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surfaces of the teeth. This also cleanses the mouth of the bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Few other techniques have shown such great benefits for teeth as fluoride. Fluoride treatments can be applied in our office or prescribed for your use at home. Children routinely receive fluoride treatments as well as those who are at higher risk of forming cavities.
Sealants are a protective coating placed over the grooves in the teeth to prevent cavities from forming. Most molars naturally have deep grooves on the biting surface. These grooves are the first place where cavities form. It is important to have the molars sealed when they first erupt, about age 6. Our hygienists can apply these many times during the hygiene appointment.
We make occlusal guards for many different applications: athletics, night time grinding, and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders). If your jaw feels sore in the morning, you have pain to the muscle of the face or around your ears, have been told you grind your teeth, or see signs of wear, then you may benefit from an occlusal guard.
The word periodontal refers to the gums and supporting bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease is a bacteria-driven condition can cause inflammation and bone loss over time. The therapies we offer are focused on removing deep tartar on the root surfaces of your teeth to allow the body to heal the tissues around your teeth. Two common phrases are “a deep cleaning” or “scaling and root planning”; these are both ways we describe the process of treating periodontal disease.