Dental Hygiene is one of the most important and often entirely overlooked preventative maintenance habits. With the copious and growing amount of sugar intake we see today it has literally never been more important than now to ensure proper dental hygiene habits.
Brushing twice a day is very helpful but may not be enough to get at those extremely hard to reach places in-between the teeth where debris can accumulate and cause issues such as plaque, calculus, tartar, gingivitis and bacteria that eventually can cause tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities. Because regular brushing and flossing is often not enough to ensure proper dental hygiene it is strongly recommended by both dentist and the insurance companies to get regular teeth cleaning approximately twice a year.
For people that have more severe issues such as periodontal disease, a deeper and more intensive cleaning is required. These cleanings, often referred as periodontal maintenance is a more intensive cleaning geared towards getting at those extremely hard to reach area’s like under the gums and in-between the teeth.
Most commonly referred to as a “prophy”, a prophylaxis is in the dental industry considered to be the most basic and routine of dental hygienic cleanings. The focus of a prophylaxis cleaning is the teeth itself. Aimed at removing plaque, calculus, stains and polishing of the enamel to restore your smile. This type of common cleaning is often almost entirely covered by your existing insurance coverage.
Scaling & Root Planing:
Most commonly referred to as SRP’s, this type of cleaning is geared towards people that exhibit signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, otherwise know as periodontitis is a gum disease that affect nearly 70% of people above the age of 60. Factors that can increase your risk of periodontitis include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Bad habits such as smoking or excessive sugar intake
- Hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause and stress
- Illnesses such as cancer, HIV or even diabetes
In order to provide appropriate cleanings for people with periodontal disease our certified hygienist’s will focus on not only cleaning of the teeth but also up into the inflamed gum lines to remove buildup from pockets that are often formed above the gum line due to periodontitis.