DENTAL HYGIENE – CLEANINGS (in Simcoe, Ontario)
It is important for your dental health to visit our office at least every 6 months, or as directed, for a hygiene appointment. This allows your teeth and gums to be thoroughly examined by the dentist, and any problems can be caught early so that they can be fixed, minimizing pain and expense. Teeth cleanings are essential to maintain excellent gum health, as well as improve heart and overall health.
What to Expect
During your hygiene appointment, the hygienist will clean your teeth by scaling to remove plaque and tartar, polishing, and flossing. This will help prevent periodontal disease and remove stains on the teeth. X-rays may be taken if required to help diagnose any problem areas and keep track of changes to your mouth between appointments. Oral hygiene instruction will also be given to teach you how take the best possible care of your mouth.
You will leave your appointment with your mouth feeling fresh and clean. You will have the knowledge you need to properly care for your teeth and gums between hygiene appointments, and be aware of any problems that need to be fixed. Professional oral hygiene appointments are the key to diagnosing problems early when they are small, in order to fix to effectively prevent large costs and pain in the future.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects the structures of the mouth that support the teeth. It is caused when bacteria in the mouth form a sticky film (plaque) on the teeth and gums that are not properly cleaned off, which then hardens into a crust known as tartar. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar causes an infection that can lead to pain, gum damage, bone loss and even tooth loss if not properly cared for, and will only worsen with time. Gum disease can lead to heart disease, low birth weight, and more severe diabetes.
What to Expect
At every hygiene appointment, the hygienist will record and monitor the health of your gums, and measure any recession with a probe. This will allow her to create a plan to improve your health and prevent periodontal disease. Periodontal disease may cause gums to bleed, swell and recede away from teeth. Fortunately, this disease can be treated through lifestyle changes, medications, and a special type of cleaning known as scaling root planing, including bone regeneration and debridement. Depending on the stage of the disease, surgical methods can be used to reverse some or all of the damage.
With cooperation between you and our dental team, we will be able to restore health to your gums and protect teeth from becoming loose. To keep these results, it is crucial to maintain great oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line to control the growth of harmful bacteria and restore health to the teeth and gums. It also helps the gums reattach firmly to the teeth by scraping and smoothing the root surfaces.
What to Expect
This type of cleaning goes deeper than regular hygiene appointments, and you may need local anesthetic. It may require more than one appointment in order to clean each part of the mouth. During the cleaning, you will not feel any pain. After the appointment when the freezing wears off, you may experience sore gums, which can be alleviated by taking a painkiller.
Scaling and root planing can greatly improve the health of your teeth and gums, and reverse the damage of periodontal disease. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.