FAQs

Prevention

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria surrounding the teeth enter the gums, causing irritation, inflammation and often bleeding. In order to prevent gingivitis from worsening, regular dental hygiene visits (cleaning appointments) are highly recommended. Our team will teach you proper flossing techniques and other protocol that will prevent gum disease.

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What is periodontal disease?

A quiet disease with little or no symptoms at the onset, periodontal disease starts as gingivitis — but when it goes untreated, conditions worsen and noticeable symptoms appear. They include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Gum Sensitivity to Acidic Foods
  • Abscesses
  • Tooth Pain
  • Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Treatment to control the condition includes a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing and scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics. Surgery may be necessary, but only in severe cases.

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Why do I need a deep cleaning or scraping?

When plaque builds up on the teeth and is not cleaned off, it becomes hard. If it is located below the gum line, it cannot be cleaned with normal methods. Our hygienist must get under the gums to remove all of the build-up. This is a deep cleaning. It will take more than one visit and is vital to controlling periodontal disease and saving your teeth.

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Do I need my silver fillings replaced?

Depending on their condition, some will be suggested for replacement. The fillings will start to leak, and they do wear with time. Replacing them before they break, or get decay again is a wise idea. The newer bonded fillings look better, function well, and in some cases will be stronger than the previous filling.

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