You can prevent gum disease with regular, professional dental cleanings and a thorough home care regime. A regular dental hygiene appointment that often precedes a periodic dental examination will include the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is the hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Is used to remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removable during tooth brushing and scaling.
Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.