Dental Hygiene Department
Our Dental Hygiene Department
We employ a full time dental hygienist that provides meticulous dental cleanings and preventive care for our patients. In addition, she is prepared to treat patients with the following special concerns:
Periodontal patients – We will actively monitor and record periodontal pocket depth, recession and inflammation at each appointment. Many of our periodontal patients see the hygienist three to four times a year and when needed, benefit from non-surgical treatment of gum problems which may include Cavitron assisted scaling, the diode soft tissue laser or localized placement of antibiotic medication. We also work with a periodontist for patients requiring more involved surgical care.
Cavity prone patients – We provide oral hygiene instruction and individually tailor our recommendations for home care. It is important to find out “why” a person having tooth decay and address those issues. We have available prescription strength fluoride toothpaste, remineralizing gel, xylitol products, power brushes and Water Pik irrigation devices.
Babies and children – We encourage parents to bring their infant in for oral examination before the first birthday. That way we can begin monitoring growth and development. We will also provide guidance to help little ones enjoy a healthy dental future. We love children and provide a fun and non-threatening environment for their care. We provide preventive care that includes cleaning the teeth, fluoride varnish and sealants on permanent teeth. We make orthodontic referrals at the appropriate time.
Fearful patients – For those patients who resist care due to fear, we can provide nitrous oxide, a mouth numbing pre-rinse or local anesthetic in conjunction with their preventive appointment.