At Arguello Dentistry we highly recommend the frequency of your checkups and cleanings.
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Many patients should see their dentists twice a year.
- Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
- Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. Always keep in mind its easier, less expensive, and faster to maintain good health then to fix a problem.
The different types of cleanings
A prophylaxis is a preventative cleaning reserved for people who have healthy mouths. They may have a localized area of gingivitis, but no signs of periodontal disease (as determined by probing around the tooth) and no heavy bleeding during probing or cleaning. This cleaning is recommended 2 times a year.
A gross debridement is a cleaning that consists of a generalized removal of plaque and calculus in people with gingivitis or periodontal disease. This is usually done to allow better access and visibility for diagnosis and probing and to allow the gum inflammation to settle down prior to further treatment.
A Root planning is treatment for mild to moderate generalized or advanced localized periodontal disease. It is usually preceded by a gross debridement. This is sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning.” Antibiotic gels are used in conjunction with root planning to treat periodontal disease and may be placed at the same appointment as the root planning.