Preventive Dental Services
Regular checkups and cleanings are key to achieving optimal long-term oral health. The team at Saba Road Dental Center in Richmond are passionate about protecting your oral health.
Hygiene & Prevention for Your Smile
Our dentists strongly believe that prevention is always the best treatment. Maintain a healthy, beautiful smile throughout your lifetime with regular home care, and professional dental cleanings and exams.
Professional dental cleanings, twice a year, are key to preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
During a professional cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove plaque from the teeth and calculus from above and below the gum line, as well as polish and remove stains from your teeth.
Dental examinations, also known as checkups, help dentists to detect disease before it becomes more serious.
Your dental examination will generally include a close examination of teeth, gums and mouth, digital x-rays, and an oral cancer screening.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) may still occur despite your very best efforts in maintaining good oral health. You may require gum therapy treatment depending the severity of your gum disease.
Sometimes, there are no obvious symptoms of gum disease. That's why you may not even be aware that you have it. That said, some of the most noticeable symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Red or purple gums
- Receding gums
Diagnosis of gum disease is done through a process that measures the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If the pockets are greater than 3 millimetres deep they will generally require treatment.
Prevention and early detection of gum disease is one of many reasons to visit your dentist regularly.
To treat gum disease, the bacteria and other substances which form in the pockets around each tooth is carefully removed.
The treatment of gum disease occurs on a microscopic level and requires professional skill. Our team of dental professionals has had advanced training on how to effectively remove all of the hazardous bacteria.
The process of removing the bacteria generally requires several visits to your dentist. After the bacteria has been removed, the pockets must be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis by a professional. Damage can occur to the bone if you neglect to get regular professional treatment.
- Long-Term Care
It's important to note that once you have periodontal disease, you will always have the disease. This is due to the damage that periodontal disease does to your body.
Careful daily hygiene and regular dental visits to clean your dental pockets are necessary in order to keep your bone from being lost.
If you have periodontal disease you will be placed on a regular appointment schedule which usually requires a visit every 3 to 4 months in order to avoid any further damage to the bone.