Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance Hygiene

At your dental hygiene appointment we will evaluate your particular risks and needs and make specific recommendations to your oral health care and dental cleanings for you. We'll begin with a comprehensive soft tissue examination (oral cancer screening) and then screen for signs of gum disease, (also known as periodontal disease). Then, we'll complete a detailed charting of cavities, existing restorations that often includes fillings, crowns and other pre-existing tooth conditions. Radiographs (x-rays) may be required at this time to for diagnostic purposes.

Your certified dental hygienist will then continue by removing soft (plaque) and hard (tartar, calculus or stains) deposits from your teeth to help prevent or delay the progression of periodontal disease. Your dental hygiene appointment will finish with a polish to remove stain and fluoride treatment as needed and desired. Dr. Sunderland will visit you during this appointment to evaluate your overall dental health and to review any areas of concerns with you.

How often a patient should visit their dentist depends entirely on the health of their teeth and gums and their individual risk for developing gum infection and cavities. We recommend that children and adults have their teeth cleaned at least once every 6-12 months. For patients who are concerned that they may be at risk because of age, tobacco use, rate of accumulation of deposits, personal oral hygiene practices, or medical conditions such as diabetes – a more aggressive oral health maintenance plan may be required