Station Dental is your family’s partner in maintaining their healthy, beautiful smile. 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 on the basis of your periodontal, (gums and bone), health.
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.
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.
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 some cases the dentist may even 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.