MAKE DENTAL HYGIENE A PART OF YOUR ROUTINE
AND PREVENT GUM DISEASE.
AND PREVENT GUM DISEASE.
NORTH BOULDER TEETH CLEANING
Boulder dentist, Dr. David Evans, is your family’s partner in maintaining your healthy, beautiful smile. The foundation of sound dental care is routine dental hygiene. Dr. Evans recommends in-office teeth cleaning performed by a certified dental hygienist every 6 months. Dental Hygiene is paramount in the fight against gum disease and tooth decay. Dr. David Evans and his 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 babies.
Being proactive about your oral health by having routine dental hygiene visits is much less painful, expensive, and 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.
Dr. Evans 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.
It is an easy three-step process: Dr. Evans will clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. A special cleansing liquid, on a tiny piece of cotton, is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally, Dr. Evans paints the sealant on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.
Regular dental hygiene appointments help Dr. Evans 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.