Hygiene & Cleanings

Gum disease can affect the health of your entire body. Our team will help you eliminate any tarter / bacteria build up to reduce the chance of gum disease.

Did you know that a healthy mouth means a healthy body? Every 6 months when you come in for your hygiene visit, we will not only make sure that your teeth are clean, but also check to make sure your gums are healthy. Having healthy gums is important to reduce your chances of getting gum disease, which is linked to many other adverse health conditions throughout your body.

Dentists know that if you have gum inflammation, cleaning the teeth will make them feel good for a couple of days but will have no effect on eradicating the underlying inflammation. Research is shedding light on the correlation between inflammation anywhere in the body and many chronic diseases including: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. It just so happens that the mouth is a major source of inflammation when gum disease in present.

Inflammation of the gums rarely causes any symptoms and as a result, you may not even realize you have it. Inflammation is the result of microscopic bacteria in the form of biofilm, collecting below the gum line where the toothbrush cannot reach. When left unattended, this biofilm can cause inflammation in your mouth and may lead to other serious health implications.

Everyone has bacteria in their mouth but not everyone develops gum inflammation. There are several risk factors that increase the chance of some people developing gum inflammation. It takes approximately 3 to 6 months for the biofilm to reform under the gum line. If you are more susceptible to gum disease or inflammation, it is important to see us regularly so that we can help keep you and your mouth healthy.

Instead of just cleaning your teeth, we will include the following into every dental visit:

  1. Examination of mouth to explore areas of gum inflammation
  2. Determine any risk factors for gum disease
  3. Design a custom made treatment plan which results in the elimination of gum inflammation
Gum Disease Diagnosis, Causes and Effects

Gum disease occurs when the gums and/or bone that surround and support the teeth are weakened. This may be caused by one or more factors including: genetics, crooked teeth, lack of proper dental hygiene care, clenching or grinding of the teeth/jaw, poor restorations, diabetes, smoking, or malnutrition.

There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is where only the gums surrounding the teeth are affected. Signs include red, puffy gums that may bleed easily to brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be reversed if the teeth are cleaned thoroughly and maintained with proper oral hygiene. But if it is not treated, it can lead to more advanced gum disease called periodontitis. This is when both the gums and bone are affected around one or more teeth. In this stage different levels of irreversible “bone death” occurs and is irreversible. If not treated early, it can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Diagnosis of periodontal disease includes x-rays, photos, and a periodontal assessment. In the periodontal assessment, we take measurements of the space between the tooth and the gum. A small space is healthy and maintainable, but a deep space indicates gum disease, and likely bone death. Treatment of periodontitis begins with a thorough dental hygiene cleaning, and may include periodontal therapy with a laser and/or antimicrobial. Following treatment, the bone may not grow back, but if the disease process is halted, then the remaining bone can be saved and maintained.

Dental Cleanings (What We Do)

At your first appointment, we take extra time and care to get to know you and your mouth better. We take all necessary x-rays and intra-oral photos, and also do a dental and periodontal assessment of your teeth and gums. Recommended treatment options will be discussed with you, and we will complete your appointment with a thorough, yet gentle, hygiene cleaning.our friendly staff are available to answer any questions you may have.

Perio Therapy

If it has been a long time since your last dental cleaning, or if you have associated risk factors for gum disease, your gums may need some extra special attention. We have two very effective treatments to help improve your gum. They may be used together or alone, depending on the areas of concern.

Laser Sterilization

If the small space between your teeth and gums (called “pockets”) is deeper than usual, a laser can be used to clean and sterilize this space. This cleans and removes all of the harmful bacteria in the area and helps to promote healing of your gums. Topical or local anesthetic may be used to make the procedure painless.

Contact Us

We warmly welcome new patients to our office and do our best to schedule emergency appointments within 24 hours of your call. Give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions or to book an appointment!

(604) 277-7663