Keep Your Smile Healthy & Bright
Necessary radiographs will be taken to check for cavities and to assess the bone level of your teeth. Your hygienist will take measurements to determine the health of your gums and supporting structures and will explain their findings to you. If you qualify for a normal (above the gums) cleaning your hygienist will proceed and remove the plaque, tarter, and surface stains from your teeth. Your teeth will then be polished and flossed so they feel fresh and smooth. Your hygienist will answer any questions you have may offer you other preventive options like fluoride treatments to help improve your oral health or prevent disease progression.
After your cleaning your dentist will discuss your oral health with the hygienist and perform a comprehensive oral exam to look for any potential oral health issues. If your doctor finds any issues he and the hygienist will discuss them with you and schedule any follow-up treatment you may need.
We offer a full range of periodontal care treatments for patients who are suffering from gum disease. A deep cleaning, (scaling and root planing), is usually the first step in restoring the health of your smile. In this process, your hygienist will clean between your teeth below the gum line to remove bacteria and smooth the roots. Along with antibiotics, this can resolve many mild-to-moderate cases of gum disease.
We also offer further surgical treatments like gum flap surgery and gum grafting for more advanced cases of periodontal disease. Contact us at Tuttle Family Dentistry today to learn more about your options and get the help you need in Colorado Springs, CO.
The American Dental Association advises all Americans regardless of age to get a dental cleaning and checkup every 6 months which is twice a year.
Some patients who are prone to developing cavities may even need more frequent visits, such as patients with dry mouth, conditions like diabetes, or patients who are missing all of their teeth and wear dentures. Cleanings and checkups are crucial to maintaining good oral health. During checkups, we look for signs of oral health problems and when necessary, we take a closer look at your tissues with x-rays.
During these checkups, we can catch signs of oral health problems that may have gone unnoticed and we can reverse serious conditions like gum disease and oral cancer in the early stages.
This is why early detection is so important. Early detection prevents tooth as well as irreversible bone loss and gum damage. During your cleanings, we scale and polish your teeth. Scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup while polishing removes surface stains and food particles from your teeth to reveal a fresher and brighter smile.
Cleanings remove the food particles and bacteria that you missed from your regular at-home care. Plaque is extremely difficult to remove completely and it only takes 72 hours for it to harden to tartar which can only be removed at the dentist. It’s very important to have this scraped off by your dentist if you want to prevent gum disease.