Prevention and Cleanings
Prevention includes regular dental exams, cleanings and radiographs. Fluoride is also a great preventive treatment that helps protect the teeth. Professional cleanings performed by Dr. Kaczaj or the hygienist are the first step in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. In a professional cleaning, Dr. Kaczaj or the hygienist will remove plaque from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that adheres to teeth and causes gum disease and tooth decay.. Calculus (tartar) is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is more difficult to remove and may require a special type of cleaning to remove it. Finally, your teeth are polished which aids in stain removal.
Deep Cleaning (Deep Scaling and Root Planning)
When plaque and tartar are left on the teeth, the right conditions are provided for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria create an infection in the gums that require a special cleaning called deep scaling and root planing to remove plaque and calculus on the tooth and root surfaces.This procedure helps the gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. A mouth rinse maybe recommended to use or a substance that is placed directly in the periodontal pocket after scaling and root planning. At the next visit , Dr. Kaczaj or the hygienist checks the pocket depth to determine the effect of scaling and root planing .
Scheduling regular dental visits provides for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Dental examinations help to diagnose disease. Regular examinations are important and are performed every 3-6 months. A routine dental examination includes: oral cancer screening, evaluation of your gums and supporting structures, digital diagnostic radiographs, clinical examination of tooth decay, evaluation of existing restorations(fillings), fluoride.
Prevention of disease is key to overall oral health.
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