Teeth Cleaning (Gum Disease Prevention)
Procedure in a teeth cleaning appointment
-Recall Exams: Recall exams are performed to follow up and monitor the current condition of the oral health, depending on each individual recall exams may need to be perform every 3-6 months.
-X rays: to compare with previous x-rays and monitor the treatment progress.
-Removal of plaque: Plaque is sticky film consists on food particles, saliva and bacteria which will cause gingivitis if it is not removed daily by patient at home by proper brushing and flossing. The bacteria in the plaque can cause gingivitis which is the infection in the gum.
-Removal of calculus: Calculus is the calcified plaque that is hardened over the time and firmly attached to the surface of the tooth. It only can be removed by a dentist or hygienist.
-Polishing: Removes any stain and residual plaque and polishes the tooth surface.
-Fluoride treatment: After polishing when tooth surface is completely clean a fluoride gel will be applied on the enamel to protect the enamel from acid which can cause tooth decay.
Our vision of
“Keeping Your Smile Forever Young “
starts by controlling and maintaining your optimum oral health.
The prevention of gum disease, is the cornerstone of maintaining optimum oral health. Because gum disease can not be cured!
Depending on patient’s pain tolerance, Unlike, tooth decay which in late stages may have some signs and symptoms such as pain and discomfort, gum disease has no pain.
Some alarming signs of gum disease are:
- Having bad breath
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Gaps between the teeth
- Lose teeth
In early stages of gum disease patient may experience bleeding from the gum ( gingivitis or gum infection )at this stage patient don’t have any pain and discomfort, usually gingivitis is reversible and can be treated by closely monitoring the gum and 4-6 months regular recall and tooth cleaning.
If gingivitis left without treatment, infection in the gum gradually spreads to the underlaying bone which supports the tooth. (Periodontitis or infection in the bone supporting the tooth). The spread of the infection into the underlaying bone is usually not painful and patient usually don’t feel discomfort in early stages. If this infection is not diagnosed and controlled by a dentist, it spreads deeper into the bone and causes permanent bone loss around the roots of the tooth. In moderate to advance periodontitis patient will experience tooth mobility due to bone loss which was supporting the tooth and eventually in advance periodontitis patient will lose the tooth due to lack of enough bone support to keep the tooth in place.
This is important to know that Periodontitis is a chronic disease and most of the time it CAN NOT be cured but it can be controlled by closely monitoring and regular 3-4 months deep cleaning in a dental office. In moderate to advance periodontitis sometimes it is necessary to have a periodontal surgery to do a deep debridement to remove the infected tissue surgically.
Gum disease prevention strategy program, It is important to emphasize that the prevention begins with patient’s home care.Daily oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and maintaining a healthy diet is the first step in prevention of gum disease which should be followed by regular 4-6 months recall and tooth cleaning (if there is no gum disease).
Strict maintenance treatment strategy program, Regular maintenance appointment every 3-4 months for deep-cleaning and check up (If there is a gum infection) in the dental office is extremely important, to control the gum infection until the bleeding is controlled and stopped. After this period patient can be put back on prevention strategy program and be monitored every 4-6 months like a normal patient.
In another word, with the Preventive strategy program, gum disease can be disallowed from happening, and with Strict treatment strategy program, gum disease should be controlled in the early stages to avoid spread of the diseases to deeper bone level which can cause losing teeth.
preventing or controlling the gum disease is a multidisciplinary work which needs close collaboration of patient, dentist and dental hygienist.
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