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Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings typically fall within two categories: standard cleaning or periodontal maintenance. Individuals who have a healthy mouth with no bone loss, periodontal disease or tooth infection are eligible for a standard dental cleaning or prophylaxis. Healthy youths and adults are good candidates for standard dental cleanings. A standard cleaning will include the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the tooth structures on the patient's permanent and transitional dentition.

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Periodontal Maintenance

Individuals who have been classified with periodontal disease and have had non-surgical or surgical gum treatments will require a periodontal maintenance cleaning. Periodontal maintenance is a special type of cleaning that follows root planing or surgical periodontal treatment. Periodontal maintenance is often recommended to be performed more often in order to maintain, monitor and suppress the patient's periodontal disease. A periodontal maintenance includes the removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus from the supragingival and subgingival regions as well as site specific scaling and teeth polishing.

Although both the standard cleaning and the periodontal maintenance can be completed in the same amount of time in the dental office, it is the combination of the procedures performed, the instruments used, and the skills utilized which will differentiate between the two types of cleanings.

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Dental Sealants

Preventing decay on newly erupted teeth is a priority for children and their parents. The use of dental sealants is an ideal tool to help children keep the grooves on their back teeth clean and healthy. Often as newly erupted teeth break through the gum tissue, the grooves and pits of the teeth are deep and difficult for a child to keep clean even though the individual is brushing adequately. The developmental anatomy of the newly formed permanent tooth has fissures or crevices that harbor bacteria and plaque which promote tooth decay.

Placing sealants at the dental office is a simple and pain free process. No injections or shots are needed for the procedure. The tooth is cleaned, etched and sealed with a synthetic material that hardens into place. Most sealants will last 3-5 years; however, personal habits such as the grinding of one's teeth may shorten this duration.

Keeping teeth cavity or decay free is an important step to maintaining a healthy body and smile. Regular dental cleanings are still necessary to maintain a healthy mouth even though sealants are placed. At each cleaning appointment, the sealants will be checked for effectiveness and durability. Sealants are a relatively inexpensive way to help maintain a cavity-free mouth.

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Fluoride Treatment

Topical fluoride is used to help arrest tooth decay or to prevent cavities. Fluoride can be found in toothpastes, over-the-counter rinses, or topical applications in the dental office. Fluoride is used to reduce tooth demineralization by increasing the strength of the enamel or outer layer of the tooth. Evidence suggests that the best application of fluoride is in small, consistent dose over time. Therefore, daily brushing and rinsing with fluoride products is an ideal way to help prevent decay.

Fluoride applications are also known to help desensitize teeth. Individuals with sensitive teeth may benefit from its application. Individuals need to decide whether they are taking adequate preventive measures to reduce decay. The use of fluoride is just one additional tool available to help maintain a healthy, cavity-free mouth.

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Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays are a diagnostic tool used to determine the health of hard tissue in the mouth. Digital radiography is becoming more commonly used instead of traditional photographic film.

The benefits of digital x-rays are that the image is available immediately at the patient's chairside computer and the exposure to radiation is dramatically reduced. Digital films are advantageous in that they eliminate the need for chemicals that were used in the past for developing traditional film. Digital radiography is a necessary component to a comprehensive oral evaluation. This diagnostic tool is used to evaluate the health of bone and teeth. The frequency of radiographs will be determined by the dental professional after full evaluation of the patient's health history, habits and risk factors.

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