Maintaining your oral health is one of the most important preventative measures against future dental problems. At Dental Excellence, Dr. Patrick Ousborne and Dr. Rikki Esterson provide routine and preventative dental care, as well as infection and disease treatments to keep their patients healthy. Scheduling hygiene appointments on an interval based on your individual needs in our Towson, MD dental office supplements your oral health and is a general dental treatment that can quickly catch any developing problems.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Although brushing and flossing keep tartar away, a professional cleaning will remove calculus and bacteria in places your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. At biannual cleaning appointments, our skilled hygienists will examine your teeth, the surrounding gum tissues, and supporting bone to target any developing problems. Our hygienists will also perform an oral cancer screening by taking digital images of the teeth and gums and scaling and polishing your teeth. They may also apply fluoride varnishes, localized antibiotics, and root desensitizers. These treatments are a part of prophylaxis care or preventative care that we offer to fight disease. Prophylaxis care is just as important as routine dental cleanings.
Preventing Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gum and bone surrounding teeth. If bacteria build upon and around the gums, this causes irritation and can cause the gums to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Periodontitis starts as gingivitis or gum inflammation. If you have gingivitis your gums may bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. Prolonged gum irritation and disease progression can create pockets in the gums and separate the gums from the teeth. If the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate and it is left untreated, this leads to bad breath, pain, and eventual tooth loss. Routine dental appointments and regular oral hygiene are the best preventative treatments against gum disease. We can provide you with many techniques and strategies to prevent gum disease from progressing.
Schedule a Consultation
Prevent tooth decay and gum disease with regularly-scheduled dental hygiene appointments in our Towson, MD dental office. Request an appointment with Dr. Ousborne or Dr. Esterson on our website. You can also call Dental Excellence at (410) 514-6553.