Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene & Preventative Care

Station Dental is your family’s partner in maintaining their healthy, beautiful smiles. The foundation of sound dental care is routine dental hygiene. We recommend in-office teeth cleaning performed by a certified dental hygienist at least once every 6 months. Dental Hygiene is paramount in the fight against gum disease and tooth decay. Our talented dental hygienists will customize cleanings based on your unique periodontal health.

Seeing your dental hygienist is more than just having your teeth cleaned. Your teeth, gums, and oral tissue (oral cancer screening) will be evaluated to determine what treatment is needed to not only help you get your mouth healthy, but to help you with your overall health since there is a systemic link with gum disease and our overall health.

What is done during my appointment with the hygienist?

  • Your dental hygienist will review your Health History and any Medication currently being used. Some medication can cause dry mouth, so knowing that helps us recommend products for you that may help prevent issues caused by dry mouth. These may include fluoride treatments or special oral gels. 
  • Take x-rays which will help to check bone levels around the teeth and check for cavities.  
  • Take intraoral photos to help with education and monitor teeth that may be breaking down. This is also a good opportunity to scan for oral lesions. At Station Dental, we consider this a “tour of the mouth”, where you and your hygienist can both see the monitor showing a real-time video inside your mouth.
  • You may opt to have a laser bacterial reduction to reduce the bacteria in your mouth before the screening of the gums or before dental cleanings. This will greatly help prevent bacteria from entering your blood stream which helps to prevent systemic issues. Many patients who are required to pre-medicate before dental visits find this treatment helpful.
  • Perform what is called periodontal charting. This is used to check for bone levels to determine which cleaning is best for you. Bone loss is a common effect of periodontal disease and can lead to tooth loss. At each hygiene visit we will take a measurement to ensure prevention of any damaging bone loss and to monitor progress as we improve your oral health.
  • Your hygienist will conduct a professional dental cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar. This may be a routine cleaning, or may be a deeper periodontal cleaning, depending on your needs.
  • The dentist will spend time with you at your hygiene visit to discuss the findings from the hygienist, as well as perform their own comprehensive exam where they will check for cavities, cracked or broken teeth, issues with your bite or jaw, as well as make sure that all previous restorations are in good condition.
  • We will give you a personalized recommendation on oral care products that will help you keep a healthy mouth. This may include special gels, toothpaste, or mouthwash. Your home care routine, diet, and other habits that affect your oral health such as smoking will also be discussed.

Our goal is to provide all of our patients with the best possible care and dental experience that is unique, and customized to your specific dental needs.

Why do I need to see the dentist to clean my teeth?

Professional dental hygiene cleaning involves the removal of plaque, a sticky substance that food, saliva, and bacteria will create in the mouth. Plaque causes decay and disease. When it hardens, it creates tartar, which can require the use of an ultrasonic scaler to make the procedure more effective and comfortable as well. When tartar is left unattended, gums become infected, red and tender, a condition called gingivitis. This is the beginning stage of periodontal disease.

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Eighty percent of American adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease and in the beginning, symptoms are usually painless. So many who are at risk, do not recognize the signs and stages. According the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and preterm low-birth weight in babies.

Being proactive about your oral health by having routine dental hygiene visits is much less painful, less expensive, and less worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Eighty percent of American adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease and in the beginning, symptoms are usually painless. So many who are at risk, do not recognize the signs and stages. According the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), periodontal disease has been associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and preterm low-birth weight in babies.

Preventative Care

Sometimes teeth cleaning and dental hygiene isn’t enough. Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes. In Colorado we tend to have sufficient fluoride in our water, but many families opt for filtered water, which can greatly reduce the effectiveness.

In many cases the dentist may recommend dental sealants as a part of a patient’s total preventive dental care and dental hygiene. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Be assured, applying dental sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure.

Regular dental hygiene appointments help us diagnose problems before it becomes a danger to your health and in the long run save you money before the problem becomes threatening and more costly to restore.

Contact Station Dental to learn more about our dental hygiene program or to schedule a professional dental cleaning, We will design a personalized program to meet your oral care needs.

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