Oral Hygiene

Coming for an oral hygiene visit at our office is a unique and individualized experience. Each of our hygienists are educated and experienced health care professionals that have invested interest in your oral as well as overall health.

A hygiene visit includes a cleaning, periodontal charting of your gums, and oral cancer screening. Hygienist are also responsible for taking digital x-rays of your mouth.

Hygiene

Health Overview

First your hygienist will discuss your complete general health including family histories and any changes in your current health.

Research on the Oral Systemic Connection shows that diseases and conditions of the body have an impact on oral health, such as diabetes, and oral hygiene can impact existing conditions of the body, such as heart disease. Your blood pressure and heart rate are recorded.

Oral Cancer Screening

First your hygienist will discuss your complete general health including family histories and any changes in your current health.

Research on the Oral Systemic Connection shows that diseases and conditions of the body have an impact on oral health, such as diabetes, and oral hygiene can impact existing conditions of the body, such as heart disease. Your blood pressure and heart rate are recorded.

Your Gums

The status of your periodontal health is assessed next. Hygienists look for redness, bleeding, and inflammation. They gently measure the space between your gums and your teeth with a tiny probe. Ideally there should be very little space.

The presence of excess space, 4-5mm that bleeds is referred to as "pockets", can generally be reduced with proper oral care and a deep cleaning. Pockets larger than this require more extensive treatment by one of our Periodontists. If left untreated, large pockets can lead to tooth and bone loss.

Your Teeth

Your hygienist inspects your teeth for any signs of decay, stains, deposits, or fractures. Any deposits you have are scaled away, and minor stains are buffed and polished away, lowering harmful bacteria and leaving your mouth fresh, clean and shiny!

Your entire hygiene visit will generally range from 60-90 minutes. Our hygienists partner with our dentists to create a personalized care plan for each patient. Coming in for a dental hygiene visit is much more than an esthetic experience. If your eyes are the window to the soul, then consider your mouth as the gate to your body. We recommend hygiene visits twice a year for most patients.