Dental Hygiene and Cleanings
Dental Hygiene and Cleanings
Delivering High Quality Care Through Dental Cleanings
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, known as the more advanced form of periodontal disease or gum disease. Regular brushing or flossing can help diminish related symptoms such as gums that bleed after brushing or tooth sensitivity. However, only care from a professional dentist can properly assess and treat the disease and reduce risks for developing tooth decay, tooth loss or the emergence of other systemic diseases. Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can develop rapidly if left untreated. To best protect your oral health and support better health overall, dentists recommend coming in every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. Call us at 619-280-9100 to schedule your appointment.
Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health
A large body of research in the field of modern dentistry increasingly links periodontal disease (gum disease) to other variables of systemic health. Of the most common are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and more. When gum disease is left untreated, the potential to experience other health risks also increase, such as the development of chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, metabolic syndrome, erectile dysfunction, cancer and even adverse pregnancy complications. Dentists and patients around the nation are growing to understand that oral health plays an interconnected role in the health of the entire body. At New Image Dental we highly recommend practicing a good dental hygiene routine at home and coming in every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease first emerges as an inflammatory disease known as gingivitis, where the gums may become red or swollen in response to the presence of harmful bacteria. In later stages of periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth and bone loss can occur, resulting in the loss of one or more teeth over time. Risks for developing gum disease may increase for adults with a genetic or medical disposition, or who smoke, take certain medications, have a poor diet or fail to maintain a healthy dental hygiene routine. To best understand your current dental health condition and assess your risks of developing gum disease give us a call to schedule a consultation.
What To Expect At Your Six Month Cleaning
At your six month cleaning or exam, your current dental health will be assessed as we ask you about your medical history and answer any questions that you may have. If you have noticed any changes in your dental health such as tooth sensitivity or teeth grinding at night, we will keep you informed about your treatment options and help you understand what to expect about possible treatments. During your dental cleaning our highly experienced, laser certified hygienists will use a gentle touch to carefully remove signs of decay and prepare you for a future of healthier teeth down the road. Of course, we highly recommend maintaining a healthy dental hygiene routine by brushing and flossing regularly and keeping up with six month appointments.
Gum Disease Treatment in Mission Valley
Treating gum disease or periodontitis first involves properly assessing the mouth with a periodontal probe and visual assessment by a dental professional. X-rays and intraoral imaging may also be used to visually discern signs of the disease as well as assess the current bone density in the mouth of your jawbones and teeth. By using professional tools to carefully monitor your current dental health, your dentist is best able to track the progression of the disease and treat signs and symptoms using the best tools in modern dentistry. Should any symptoms of gum disease be found, restorative dentistry with laser dentistry or scaling and root planing may be recommended to restore proper oral health.
Soft tissue laser therapy can be used in periodontal therapy to carefully remove bacteria or signs of decay and properly reshape the gum tissue. Diode lasers perform gentle procedures that reduce chances for bleeding or pain after treatment and encourage faster healing after periodontal therapy.
What Is Scaling And Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing refers to a nonsurgical process of periodontal therapy where pockets of bacteria are carefully removed from the gum tissue around the teeth. As bacteria, plaque and dental calculus becomes trapped below the gum line, inflammation erupts and the soft and hard tissues in the mouth become eroded over time. During treatment with scaling and root planing, debris is carefully removed from below the gum line and the tooth is polished to reduce risks for infection. Antibiotics are often prescribed to remove chances of infection and promote healing.
Better Oral Health To Support Better Health Overall
At New Image Dental we believe that by that by treating small dental issues early on, your health stays better protected for years to come. Oral health is a collaborative effort that goes beyond regular brushing and flossing to include healthier eating and checking in every six months with your local dentist. A strong smile has a positive impact on the health of your entire body. With six month cleanings and exams our team is able to help you and your loved ones smile brighter with healthier teeth. Call us at 619-280-9100 to schedule your next appointment!
“We help our patients achieve their highest level of health”
As we get older we realize that our teeth are one of the most valuable assets to our health. By practicing conservative care and encouraging regular visits to the dentist, our team at New Image Dental makes it easier for patients to enjoy healthier, stronger smiles in a calming and friendly atmosphere.