Intra Oral Cleaning and Prevention
Professional cleanings performed by a registered dental hygienist help in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay. In a professional cleaning, your hygienist will remove plaque from the teeth that causes tooth decay and gum disease, remove hardened plaque or calculus (tartar) and polish and remove stains from your teeth, giving you a cleaner, brighter smile. Your hygienist is an integral part of your health care team and they help to ensure your smile receives the regular attention it deserves. In these days of concern about the spread of contagious disease, we want you to know that patient protection is top priority in our office. We are doing everything in our capabilities to assure the sterility and safety of our working environment. By following the guidelines, as well as continually reviewing updates on infection control materials and techniques, we are optimizing our ability to achieve this in our office. Our commitment is to provide you the same standards that we expect and demand for our own families and ourselves. Many long hours have gone into the design of our patient protection system. The use of fresh gloves and masks and protective eyewear are some of the more prominent steps that are taken to ensure your safety. But what goes on behind the scenes? What steps are taken that is not so obvious to you? Between each patient, the treatment rooms are thoroughly wiped with a surface disinfectant. The instruments are put through a system of ultrasonic scrubbing (the same system that a jeweller might use to clean fine jewelry) and then sterilized with a large, pressurized steam oven called an autoclave. The instruments are packaged in such a fashion that ensures they are never touched before actual setup in the treatment room and when the instruments are touched it is with gloved hands. All of our hand pieces (drills) are also thoroughly wiped with the surface disinfectant and then sterilized in a pressured steam oven. All of our prophy angles (cleaning and polishing instruments) are disposable so that you and your family can be assured that you will always have a fresh new one every time you have your teeth cleaned. We use disposable products whenever possible to eliminate cross-infection. We hope by making you, our valued patient, more aware of what measures are being taken on your behalf, that your trust and confidence in our team will make your visits a little more comfortable. The story of untreated periodontal disease is one of tooth loss and bad breath. Bacteria normally found in the mouth cause periodontal, or gum disease. These bacteria burrow under the gum to find their favourite meal – your bone! As the bacteria eat away the bone that supports the teeth in your jaw, these teeth can loosen and even eventually fall out completely. As with most conditions in the mouth, periodontal disease rarely causes any pain until it is in the most advanced and serious stages, at which time the condition may be too late to reverse. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to numerous health issues and often leaves a permanent and unpleasant mark on your smile. Gum disease can frequently be controlled by daily flossing, brushing and maintaining regularly scheduled appointments with a dental hygienist. Your dentist can step in and assess any problem areas or concerns you might have – and suggest a plan to combat gum disease before it is too late. Ask your doctor, or any of our staff about periodontal consults or if you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums. Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where the intake of harmful foods is controlled. Our program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits. The following are helpful recommendations: Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum. Floss every night in an up and down motion, while keeping the floss in a U-shape, and against the tooth surface. Avoid smoking. Avoid sticky, sugary foods. Eat a balanced diet. Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed. Sealants placed on young permanent teeth.