Dental checkups are essential to your family through all stages of years. We recommend your child have their first dental exam by the age of 3. A routine dental visit allows the Dentist to examine your teeth and surrounding tissues for any signs of cavities and gum disease.
Dental Hygiene Services
Dental hygiene treatment includes professional cleaning of the teeth and surrounding tissue. Examining for gum disease is a vital part of your routine examination. Dental cleanings and check-ups are one of the most important parts in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and leaving you with a beautiful, bright smile. Cleanings should be scheduled every 6 months to remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth and to ensure that there are no cavities.
Gum health is important, as the gum tissue is what support and protect your teeth. A sticky plaque film and hard deposits of tartar cause gum disease. Plaque is a film of bacteria, which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums every day. Although many of the bacteria in plaque are completely harmless, there are some bacteria that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. Making sure you remove all the plaque by thoroughly brushing and flossing every day can prevent gum disease. Brushing and flossing should be done 2 times each and every day – once in the morning after you have eaten, and once right before bed.
Thorough brushing will help remove plaque while a professional scaling and polishing by your dental hygienist will remove the hard tartar that brushing alone cannot remove.
Gum disease starts with inflammation; swollen and bleeding gums are the first signs that your gums have been infected with bacteria, called Gingivitis. Gingivitis in its early stages can be cured with good oral hygiene.
Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. This is where some of the bone that supports the teeth/tooth has been compromised and the teeth/tooth will become loose until they eventually have to be removed by your dentist. Periodontitis cannot be reversed once it starts, so it is important to properly clean your teeth and have regular routine exams by your hygienist or dentist. This progression of the disease can be controlled if you sustain proper cleaning regime under the advice of your dental hygienist and dentist.
A number of our patients come into our office with a very common complaint of jaw pain and sometimes, headaches. Without realizing it, some of us tend to grind and/or clench our teeth at night during sleep. Clenching or grinding your teeth can place a significant amount of pressure on your teeth and jaw which can result in wearing down of the enamel, cracking, chipping or breaking of teeth, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Symptoms of grinding or clenching your teeth at night are if you wake up in the morning with headaches and/or a sore jaw.
Wearing a night guard when you sleep can help protect your teeth from the effects of grinding. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing.
If you or a family member plays contact sports, we recommend wearing a sports guard to reduce the risk of mouth related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. In contact sports, accidents can happen, and a mouth guard will help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
We can make your sports guards and night guards right here in our office! Your clinician will take an impression of your bite and a sports guard is molded specific to your individual bite, ensuring a comfortable and perfect fit.
Be proactive! Do not wait until you have a broken tooth to start thinking about getting a sports guard.