Preventive Dental Care
The biggest step in oral hygiene is your personal care at home. Dr. Snodgrass recommends a professional teeth cleaning and dental exam twice a year for optimal dental health, more frequently in certain cases. This recommendation applies to both children and adults. There are many simple steps to help ensure your smile stays healthy and strong for years to come. The standard dental cleaning is called a dental prophylaxis. Good oral health has demonstrated a very strong link between periodontal care and cardiovascular health, thus healthy gums and teeth extends far beyond just a beautiful smile. Dental teeth cleanings can reach many other areas of your overall health.
If you have had gum disease or serious tooth decay in the past, your preventative plan will involve much more thorough cleanings necessitating more than once a year checkups. Teeth cleaning may not be enough and other procedures may have to be suggested.
At Thurston Oaks Dental, we offer many great preventative care services for our patents. Some of the most common procedures are as follows:
Alan Snodgrass, DDS recommends a dental exam every six months to ensure optimal oral health. This exam is typically done as part of your regular cleaning appointment. During your dental exam, we take digital x-rays to help us in our diagnosis of any oral issues that might not be visible to the naked eye. >> Learn more about Dental Exams.
Digital dental x-rays are a method that uses up to 75% less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays. Dental x-rays are a diagnostic aid used to determine periodontal disease, cavities, or oral pathologies, and are now part of your standard dental exam and office visit. Some patients may only need x-rays every few years and some with a past history of cavities may require closer monitoring, needing x-rays several times a year. >> Learn more about digital x-rays.
Deep Cleanings are often recommended by the hygienist and dentist based on of the presence and severity of periodontal disease. A deep cleaning may involve either full mouth debridement if it has been several years since the last cleaning, or scaling and root planing for patients with periodontal disease present. A proper diagnosis is made with a full mouth periodontal examination as well as x-rays.
Deep cleaning procedures involve use of local anesthetic and are usually completed over several appointments. During these appointments, your hygienist will clean underneath the gums as well as above them. Three weeks after the deep cleaning procedure is completed we will reevaluate to assess how well you have responded to treatment. At this time either a periodontal maintenance program will be selected or additional work may be needed.
Patients who have had active periodontal disease and were treated successfully will go on a periodontal maintenance program that will meet your personal needs. >> Learn more about periodontal disease.