Maintaining your oral health is an important preventive measure to preserving natural teeth and gums. Preventing disease and other dental problems will ensure you can keep and utilize your natural teeth for a lifetime. Towson, MD dentists, Dr. Patrick Ousborne and Dr. Rikki Esterson provide routine and preventative dental care, as well as infection and disease treatments.
To ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy, we recommend scheduling hygiene appointments on an interval based on your individual needs. We also offer several treatments to support and restore your oral health if necessary. General dental care will prevent problems from developing or catch them quickly when treatment is most conservative.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Although brushing and flossing keep tartar away, a professional cleanings are just as important. They will remove calculus and bacteria in places your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. At your scheduled dental cleaning appointments, our skilled hygienists will examine your teeth, the surrounding gum tissues, and supporting bone to target any developing problems. Then they will skillfully clean your teeth.
Our hygienists will also perform an oral cancer screening using the velscope technology. Digital x-rays and images of the teeth and gums will be taken as needed. They will scale and polish your teeth, as well as apply fluoride varnishes, localized antibiotics, and root desensitizers. These treatments are a part of prophylaxis care or preventative care that we offer to fight periodontal 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 builds upon and around the gums, the tissue will become inflamed. The irritated and inflamed gums will turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Periodontitis starts as gingivitis or gum inflammation. A common sign of gingivitis is when your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
Prolonged gum irritation can create pockets in the gums. These pockets cause the gums to separate from the teeth. This is a clear sign the gums are infected and require treatment as soon as possible. If the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate, this leads to bad breath, pain, and eventual tooth loss. Dr. Ousborne or Dr. Esterson offer several treatment options including scaling and root planing. The goal is to remove all the built-up tartar that contains bacteria and smooth out the root surfaces. This deep cleaning may be coupled with a special mouthwash to use at home to discourage bacteria from forming again.
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. Additionally, we may recommend more frequent teeth cleaning to prevent it from developing again.
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.