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Hygiene/Periodontal Health

Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health

Regular Hygiene Care

Here at Ellis Family Dentistry, we strongly believe that regular hygiene care is the key to maintaining dental health for life.  We recommend that all of our patients see us on at least a six month basis, and more frequently if needed.   At your regular hygiene care appointment, we will perform a cleaning specific to your needs, exam, any needed x-rays, a fluoride treatment, an oral cancer screening,  and more. 

In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed.  Our doctors and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants to help prevent cavities or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMJ disease.

If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend more advanced hygiene treatment that can also be performed here in our office.  These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.

Full Mouth Debridement

A procedure called a full mouth debridement is sometimes necessary when a patient has severe calculus buildup and gum inflammation that prevents the dentist from performing a comprehensive exam.  In this procedure, the hygienist removes large deposits of calculus buildup from the teeth, enabling the dentist to accurately diagnose any needed care.  A full mouth debridement is performed in one visit and  requires a follow up appointment for proper evaluation and subsequent cleaning of the teeth and gums.

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing, often called a "deep cleaning,"  is a non-surgical procedure in which the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. This procedure is performed in each of the four quadrants of the mouth as needed.  It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the gum pockets surrounding your teeth because bacteria remaining in these pockets can lead to severe periodontal disease and tooth loss.  

Oral Cancer Screenings

During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.  Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.  Smoking and  heavy alcohol consumption are the primary risk factors for oral cancer.  In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing this deadly disease.  It is also important to have periodic full mouth x-rays in order for your dentist to properly screen for oral cancer.






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