Our dental hygienist will, on your first visit, gather all the information about the health of your mouth, by doing a complete dental examination which will be reviewed by Dr. Slepchik at the end of your appointment. Other then the health of your teeth, she will specifically analyze the condition of your gums, in relation to your age. Gum disease can occur at any age, although it is more common in adults. It is important to detect it in its early stages, because then it can be reversed by following different treatment programs. For mild cases of gingivitis, you will be invited to regularly have your dental cleanings done every 3 months, in order to maintain healthy gum tissue and avoid further deterioration of the surrounding tissue and bone support. If your condition is more severe, meaning bone loss is already present, a deep cleaning may be recommended. This helps to smooth irregularities of the roots of the teeth by removing plaque and tartar deposits in deeper pockets, helping to slow down or stop the disease from spreading further and leading to loss of teeth. This procedure will reduce bacterial plaque deposits and significantly reduce the risks of heart disease.
How often do I need to come in for cleanings?
These appointments, followed by 3 month recalls and proper brushing and flossing techniques, has a high success rate in treating diseased gums, provided that you follow the hygiene program according to your needs. This treatment may need to be repeated every few years depending on your specific situation.
Our dental hygienist will make you feel as comfortable as possible, dealing with each patient individually; we understand that no 2 people are the same, or need the same amount of time to complete the treatment. Your are welcome to ask any questions or share any concerns that you may have regarding your mouth. She will be more than happy to explain and help you work as a team to improve and maintain a healthy mouth.