Prevention is our first priority. At Aveley Dental, we are totally committed to preventative dental care. Early detection and treatment can prevent most problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Regular visits are the key to maintenance, as these early signs of decay and gum disease can be screened for at these appointments. This results in less future treatment and better overall care. And as mentioned previously, our goal is to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.
Brushing – There are many different types of toothbrushes available. At Aveley Dental, we will help you choose the right brush for your mouth and also demonstrate the correct brushing technique.
Flossing – Flossing is an essential part of regular oral hygiene care because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline where periodontal disease often begins. If you find using floss awkward or difficult, ask your dental hygienist about the variety of dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.
Fluoride – Fluoride is vital for dental health. It adds strength to your tooth enamel and increases resistance to harmful decay. If you already have some decay, fluoride can help repair the damaged tooth, often slowing or stopping the decaying process.
Hygiene Services – Our registered Dental Hygienist & Therapist is highly skilled, gentle and knowledgeable, specializing in individualized periodontal care particularly non-surgical periodontal treatment. If keeping your teeth for life and having them look their best is your goal, our hygienists will help you achieve it.
Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease – You may have periodontal (gum) disease and not even realize it. This is because periodontal disease is usually not painful, especially in its early stages. To check for signs and symptoms or periodontal disease, we perform a thorough periodontal examination.
Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gums, cause by bacteria in plaque. When your gums are healthy, they fit tightly against your teeth. If you have periodontal disease, your gums pull away from your teeth in response to the infection.
In a healthy mouth, the space between your teeth and gums (called sulcus) is one to three millimeters deep. When you have periodontal disease, the sulcus deepens and eventually exceeds three millimeters; it is then called a pocket. In general, the deeper that the pocket is, the greater is the seriousness of the spread of periodontal disease. During your examination we use a special instrument with millimeter markings (called a periodontal probe) to measure the sulcus or deep pockets around your teeth.
We’ll also take x-rays of your mouth to establish whether there has been bone loss around your teeth (another indicator of periodontal disease). With the progression of periodontal disease, there is also a gradual loss of the bone support around the teeth. Once bone is lost it never grows back. This is why it is critical to diagnose and treat periodontal disease early to prevent continued bone loss and thus, eventual tooth loss.
Since each mouth is unique, a thorough diagnosis will help the dental hygienist customize a treatment plan individualized to your oral health needs.