The best way to protect your smile and your overall health is regular preventive dentistry. We are a preventive based office and our hygienists pride themselves on their ability to educate you about your oral condition and proper homecare techniques. It is important to us that all of our patients leave with a better understanding of their oral health.
Your clinical hygiene appointments are customized based on your periodontal (gum and bone) health and overall oral condition. We offer medicated oral gels and mouth rinses to help treat any potential problem areas. Our hygienists sometimes use ultrasonic scalers during a clinical hygiene visit. These specialized scalers are very effective at removing calculus (tartar) while maintaining patient comfort.
Maybe it has been several years since your last clinical hygiene visit and professional dental examination, or maybe you have been very regular in your preventive care. Either way, you can rest assured that we will make treatment recommendations based on your unique oral condition and oral healthcare needs.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (usually molars) to prevent cavities. Sealants are recommended for children as their permanent teeth erupt, but sealants can also be effective for adults with deep grooves in their molars.
First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Then, a special liquid is placed on the tooth to prepare it for the dental sealant and is rinsed off. The sealant is painted onto the tooth and cured using a special light.
Sealants can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. Sealants will be checked at each clinical hygiene visit and it will be recommended they be replaced if they are no longer intact.
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Hygiene and Sealants FAQ's
How Much Do Hygiene Services Cost?
The price of clinical hygiene services varies based on your individual needs. You will be evaluated and diagnostic records will be taken at your visit to give us a better understanding of your oral health condition. At that point, we will be able to determine the cost of your clinical hygiene services. If it has been several years since your last dental visit, then you may require more than one appointment to complete your clinical hygiene care.
Are Hygiene Services Painful?
You should not experience pain during your clinical hygiene visit. Patients that have sensitive teeth and gums are encouraged to discuss this with their hygienist at the start of their appointment. Your hygienist will offer suggestions on how to avoid or manage any potential discomfort you may be concerned about.
How Often Should I See The Hygienist?
We strongly recommend that you visit your dentist and dental hygienist twice a year. This will help prevent and catch the early stages of any dental problems such as gum disease.
What Will Happen If I Have Poor Oral Hygiene?
Poor oral hygiene can lead to numerous health concerns, and some of them can be life-threatening if left untreated.