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Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

 

For successful dental treatment, your home care is vital. Brushing and flossing of your teeth is essential for the health of your mouth. Once you have serious periodontal (gum) disease, it can never be cured. The best you can hope for is to keep it controlled. Our commitment is to help you plan your dental destiny so well that you understand & appreciate your role in maintaining the health of your teeth & gums. We will teach you how to become healthy, but whether you stay healthy will be up to you.

 

Tarter and Plaque:

 

The consequence of the tarter and plaque present is further gum recession, deepening gum pockets, bad breath and the loss of most, if not all, of your teeth. Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common dental disease. It was formerly known as “pyrhorrea.” Periodontal disease cannot be cured if it reaches advanced stages.

 

Advanced stage periodontal disease can only be controlled in the best circumstances. It is the primary reason why people end up needing dentures. Most people who have early stages of gum disease do not have any pain and do not realize that they have a problem. However, treatment of this condition is most successful at the early stages.

 

Thorough removal of the poison-producing bacterial plaque from all tooth surfaces will eliminate or control the primary cause of gum disease and cavities. Polishing of the teeth will help to prevent further plaque build-up in the future.

 

Regular re-care (cleaning) appointments are suggested every 3 to 6 months and will be determined by the doctor.

 

Denture Odor:

 

The pink acrylic resin portion of the denture is a plastic material, and has a minor amount of porosity which can collect debris and odor. In addition, dental plaque and the associated odor can accumulate on dentures in the same manner as it accumulates on natural teeth. Therefore, it is imperative to thoroughly clean your dentures for the health of your gum tissue as well as the elimination of denture odor.

 

You will be given written or verbal instructions on proper cleaning procedures for your dentures. An evaluation of your dentures at recall appointments may necessitate additional cleaning recommendations.