You may think of hygiene visits as just a regular cleaning and exam, but we see them as an opportunity to stop periodontal problems in their tracks. Most patients remark that they have never had such thorough, comfortable treatment. We think you’ll agree.
When you visit Smile Makers Dental Center our team of hygienists will perform six screenings that help guide your treatment plan toward complete oral and systemic health. These six screenings include:
- Medical History, including family history
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Occlusal Screening
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening
- Restorative Screening
- Periodontal Health Screening
Without your gums to hold your teeth in place, your smile would be nonexistent. Healthy gums are the first step to complete oral health and are where we start any dental treatment with our new patients.
Today, more people lose teeth from periodontal disease than cavities. Dr. Kallas wants any restorative treatment placed in your mouth to last, and healthy gums are critical for that to happen. Our hygienists will take you on a video tour of your mouth, educating you along the way on the health and prognosis of your current restorations.
Proper occlusion is just as imperative for healthy gums. Occlusion refers to the way in which the upper and lower teeth make contact with each other (your bite). When occlusion is misaligned, a number of issues can occur:
- Gum recession
- Damage to tooth restorations
- Loosening of teeth
- Tooth fractures
- Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
- Muscle soreness (along the jawbone)
The bacteria that causes periodontal disease is also increasingly linked to serious systemic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, circulatory problems, allergies and premature and low birth weight babies. As you can see, our concerns are for your overall health, not just your teeth.
Over 85% of the population has some level of periodontal or gum disease. How can so many people suffer from this problem? Easy. Often, it is misdiagnosed or simply ignored. At our office, we use advanced training and technology to diagnose and treat periodontal disease before it becomes a major threat to your health.
Often, there are no symptoms at all. Gums can recede, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses and tooth loss – all without any bleeding or tenderness. However, many people have at least minor symptoms, which can include the following:
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Puffiness or tenderness of the gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Loose-feeling teeth
A variety of new technologies make the treatment of this disease more thorough and comfortable than ever before. At Smile Makers Dental Center we utilize a variety of methods during therapy, including:
- Ultrasonic Scalers
- Air Polishers
- Laser Therapy
- Oral DNA Testing
- Perio Protect Trays
Antibiotics that are applied directly to the gums help kill the bacteria that cause the disease.
Our dentists are trained in the use of the soft-tissue laser, which safely kills bacteria and heals irritated and inﬂamed tissue quickly and comfortably. In a series of sessions, we can restore your periodontal health.
In short, this disease is treatable, even at an advanced stage, to help you retain your teeth and improve your overall health.
While popular belief dictates only two cleanings per year, science has proven that each individual has a unique amount of time that can safely pass before the bacteria again becomes a problem. For many of our patients, return visits every 12 weeks are advised. To maintain your oral health at home, we may recommend that you use germ-killing rinses, oral irrigators, or other products as prescribed including probiotics.