DENTAL HYGIENE (CLEANINGS)
At Mountain Springs Advanced Dental, we strive to provide thorough, customized solutions for all aspects of your dental health, from cosmetic bonding to veneers to dental implants. One of the most important aspects of your dental health is routine cleanings. A professional cleaning fortifies your at-home oral cleaning routine of brushing and flossing and allows us to keep an eye on areas of your mouth that may need special attention. There are various reasons that demonstrate the importance of routine dental cleanings. Receiving cleanings with regularity, at least twice per year, can help prevent cavities, stop tooth loss, brighten your smile, freshen your breath, boost your overall health, and save money in the long run. Regardless of the treatment you receive, you can expect Dr. Patterson and our team to make your comfort and individual preferences priorities while in our care.
When bacteria become trapped underneath the gumline, where brushing and flossing can no longer reach, the gum tissue gets irritated and infected. Your immune system will react with these bacteria making matters worse by compromising the health of your gums and risking the loss of your teeth. Periodontal Disease is a chronic, non-curable, infectious and contagious disease that also negatively affects your overall health by increasing your chance of developing cardiovascular disease, Diabetes complications, and pregnancy problems; all things we want to avoid. The goal of Periodontal Therapy is to stop the progression of disease through the removal of harmful bacteria and infection, with your comfort our top priority.
Keep in mind, Periodontal Disease is episodic in nature and may require repeat therapy as needed.
When you have successfully completed Periodontal Therapy to treat your gum disease, we want to safeguard the longevity of your teeth, gums, and overall health. To achieve this, our Periodontal Maintenance Program will help keep your Periodontal Disease under control through bacteria removal above and below the gum line; updating with comparison of gum measurements over time for changes both positive and negative; and providing counseling and education on your specific home care routine.
So what is the difference between a prophylaxis (regular dental cleanings) and a periodontal maintenance appointment?
Periodontal Maintenance is strictly different from a prophy and is utilized for patients who have gone through periodontal treatment. A prophylaxis removes soft plaque, hard tartar, and stain from above the gumline and only slightly below. A periodontal maintenance appointment focuses efforts on the removal of bacteria that resides further underneath the gumline that contributes to disease.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
The goal of preventive dentistry is to help all patients achieve optimal oral health to maintain and improve overall health and wellness. This includes a thorough examination from our team of Registered Dental Hygienists and Dr. Patterson to determine the current condition of your gums and health of your teeth. Utilization of digital x-rays, gum measurements, and complete oral screenings allows our team to provide you with the custom care you deserve.
Your dental prophylaxis (dental cleaning) appointment allows your teeth and gums to be cleaned thoroughly and checked for any signs of decay or disease. A customized home care routine, along with regular hygiene appointments, is the best line of defense against gingivitis and periodontal disease. Our hygienists are happy to demonstrate how to use a variety of products customized to your health goals that can be implemented at home to maintain the smile you love.