Oral Hygiene

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Oral Hygiene

Perhaps it’s been a few years since your last cleaning and your gums are really sore. You’re bleeding a lot while brushing and flossing, and maybe you’ve even noticed your teeth shifting. We think it’s time you’re evaluated for a deep cleaning or what we call a scaling and root planing.

Everyone should see their oral hygienist twice a year, but some patients require more than just routine preventative tooth and gum cleaning. Deep cleanings can help alleviate many health problems by removing soft and hardened plaque from under the gum line. This helps the gums to heal and prevent periodontal disease that could lead to loss of surrounding bone and eventual tooth loss.

SOME SIGNS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE ARE:

  • Continuous bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Foul odor to your breath that isn’t freshened by mouthwash
  • Red, puffy inflamed gums that lack a healthy stippled appearance
  • Large black triangles between your teeth which represents bone loss
  • Deep pockets where food and bacteria get caught beneath your gums

WHAT TO EXPECT

After a full examination and routine dental prophylaxis is completed, accompanied by a full set of dental radiographs and full mouth pocket depth assessment, you will be scheduled to start your quadrant scaling and root planing. We normally suggest to split the procedure up into either two or four appointments, but you and Dr. Van Niekerk will discuss the pros and cons concerning your specific case.

2-4 Appointments

2-4 Hours Chairtime

No Downtime

TYPICAL FIRST APPOINTMENT

After a full examination and routine dental prophylaxis is completed, accompanied by a full set of dental radiographs and full mouth pocket depth assessment, you will be scheduled to start your quadrant scaling and root planing. We normally suggest to split the procedure up into either two or four appointments, but you and Dr. Van Niekerk will discuss the pros and cons concerning your specific case.

TYPICAL SECOND APPOINTMENT

After full local anesthesia is achieved, a combination of ultrasonic instruments and hand scalers will be used to gently, yet efficiently rid your teeth of this harmful buildup. The procedure typically lasts 45 minutes per quadrant (quarter of your mouth) and all steps will be taken to ensure comfort during the entire procedure. If broken up into two separate appointments, your oral hygienist will prescribe a medicated mouth rinse that is proven to improve healing to your tissues in the week between your appointments.

AFTERCARE

Once completed, your recall will consist of an appointment in three months to assess pocket depth reduction, overall health of tissue and home maintenance. It is suggested to stay on a three-four month recall for routine dental cleanings until the bacteria is removed, your home care has improved, and pockets have decreased to a manageable depth. We will guide you through every step of the way.

“Your gums will love you for this!”

For more information about Oral Hygiene in Ballito, or to schedule a consultation, contact The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium Ballito today at 032 586 3284. We also have a dedicated online shop where we offer the right products to keep your smile sparkling and healthy. Or return Home to explore more.

1

Periodontal Screening

A baseline evaluation of each tooth is documented. This is presented on a visual chart and will be used to diagnose and plan treatment.
2

Treatment

Deep scaling, root planing and open debridement are all treatment options which may be prescribed based in the severity and the spread of disease.
3

Re-evaluation

Following a healing period each tooth is re-assessed to monitor progress. This data is used to formulate a maintenance plan or to upscale treatment if necessary.
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