Dental Hygiene An Overview
An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tartar on a regular basis. Daily brushing and flossing are very important steps that will help accomplish this. There are some places on your teeth where plaque and tartar cannot be reached. Regular dental cleanings are the only way to have it removed from places where your toothbrush cannot reach. The frequency of your visits to our Plano Texas dentist office and the complexity of the program will be based on your individual needs and oral health. Dr. Sowell will initially diagnose your condition, and your dental hygienist will monitor your condition over time.
During routine dental care visits, we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening, check your teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions and monitor your periodontal (gum) condition. Fluoride treatments are provided for adults where appropriate.
Dental Hygiene What to Expect
Monitoring your gum health includes monitoring your biofilm and bacteria levels. We also evaluate any medications you are taking, as many have effects on the oral environment of your mouth. Several medications can alter the pH of your saliva, contributing to acid erosion and/or dry mouth. A reduction in saliva can impact the bacterial population in your mouth and contribute to gum disease.
Our hygienist uses special polishing agents to maintain the luster of your porcelain, unlike the typical abrasive polishing agents used in most general dental offices.
Highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted in the grooves of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start. Your Plano dental care hygienist will discuss this with you if she feels it would be a benefit to you or other family members.
PerioScience Antioxidant Oral Care
Keep your mouth healthy with the PerioScience Oral Care System, now available at our Plano dental office. PerioScience has a unique suite of antioxidant-based products that hydrate dry mouths, freshen breath, reduce tooth sensitivity and whiten teeth.
The PerioScience products complement the body’s natural defense system. Saliva has natural antioxidants and anti-bacterial agents. Our antioxidant/antimicrobial formula works with saliva for a natural, gentle preventive treatment.
There are four PerioSciences oral care systems to choose from and each includes an antioxidant infused dental gel, a mouth rinse and toothpaste. The AO ProVantage gel is a great addition to your oral care routine especially if you have undergone any dental work. This gel will reduce inflammation, enhance healing and fight bacteria. The mouthwash and toothpaste should be used as part of your daily oral care routine. Both will promote fresh breath and strong teeth. The four product suite areas of focus are White Care Formula, Sensitive Formula, Hydrating Formula, and Natural Formula.
We’ll help you select the PerioScience product that’s right for you:
- Reduce inflammation to prevent gum disease
- Promote saliva production and hydrate dry mouth
- Neutralize bad bacteria for fresher breath
- Minimize tooth sensitivity
- Prevent cavities
- Whiten teeth