Hygiene Services in Encinitas, CA
Dental hygiene is an important part of your oral health foundation. Combined with exceptional home care and regular dental exams, you can maintain a happy, healthy smile for a lifetime. When you put in the time and care necessary to keep your teeth healthy and clean, you can avoid many common dental conditions.
You may think of your dental hygiene appointment as something that is simple and "one size fits all," but we actually tailor your treatment to meet your specific health needs.
At your scheduled hygiene appointment, we will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. In addition to your home care, numerous factors can cause a change in your oral health. From medications to hormonal changes, not everything is within your control, but we can work together to improve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Once we check for periodontal pocketing and gum disease and perform a full oral cancer screening, we will recommend a professional dental cleaning to meet your needs.
Professional Dental Cleanings
For many younger patients and patients with no gum disease in the past, a professional dental cleaning may be all you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
No matter how much you brush and floss, you cannot reach all of the areas we can reach with our specialized training and precision dental instruments. We will thoroughly remove the plaque and bacteria from your teeth, check for any dental conditions, and polish your teeth to a shine.
Getting Back on Track
We know that life happens and many people stay away from the dentist for a variety of reasons. That is why we are here to help you get back on track. With a more extensive cleaning, we can remove any heavy calculus deposits and recommend gum treatments that will eliminate any early signs of gum disease and any possible infections. All of our cleanings are extremely gentle. Our hygienists will always make your comfort a priority.
Typically, these appointments take a bit longer and may require more than one visit to fully restore your periodontal health.
Extensive Periodontal Treatment
When patients come to us with severe gum disease and infection, we do not pass judgment or make you feel guilty. We remain solution-focused, keeping your health our main priority.
Periodontal treatment involves cleaning the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below your gumline. This promotes healing of your healthy tissue and allows periodontal pockets to shrink. We may place a special medication in severely infected areas to promote healing and prevent future infections.
We know that the idea of treating your gum disease can feel overwhelming, but because recent research has linked gum disease to other systemic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and respiratory illnesses, gum disease could put your life at risk.