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Periodontal evaluation

Without healthy gums and bone to support them, the teeth are worthless. Periodontal health is accessed by measuring bone levels and the pocketing between the gums and teeth, gum quality and tooth mobility.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by a registered dental hygienist. In addition to a dental exam, prophylaxis includes removal of calculus (tartar), removal of plaque, and tooth polishing. Calculus is a hardened plaque that develops on teeth over time and is attached firmly to the tooth above and below the gum line. It is removed by scaling with specialized dental instruments. The presence of calculus influences the health of tooth, gum, and bone and harbors toxin releasing bacteria. Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the tooth surface. It is a growing colony of bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease and converts sugars in the diet to lactic acid that causes teeth decay.

In addition to scaling of plaque and calculus, tooth polishing removes plaque, calculus, and stain that is not removed by scaling or tooth brushing. Your dental hygienist may provide other therapeutic services included the use of antibacterial agents, application of sensitivity medications and the preventative application of fluoride to decrease the risk of tooth decay. Expect, when necessary for your dental hygienist to educate you about techniques and products that may assist in your oral home care. Each dental cleaning is accompanied by a periodic oral examination by the doctor.

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