At The Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center, we believe in taking care of your mouth. A clean mouth has many benefits:
- Good Breath
- Lowers plaque and calculus levels
- Keeps bad pathogenic Periodontal disease causing organisms from reeking havoc on your teeth
- Keeping all of your teeth longer – life long
- If a problem arises and you are on a regular recall basis, problems can be kept smaller and most likely the bill too.
- Have clean, healthy teeth and gums
Who is our Hygienist?
Stevie Loveless, RDH. She has been in the dental field since 2000 and cleaning teeth since 2006. She has many years of experience, is very professional, caring, and has great bedside manor.
What all is involved in the dental hygiene appointment?
We evaluate the teeth and the gums. For the teeth we take x-rays, dental charting, and have Dr. Damon or Dr. Blankenship evaluate to look for cavities, broken teeth, signs of wear. As far as the gums – we look for signs and symptoms of infection, oral cancer screening, evaluation of the periodontal health with looking at probing depths around your teeth, looking for loose teeth. Dental x-rays are also taken to look at calculus below the gums and bone health. We then proceed with cleaning your teeth with ultrasonic scalar, hand scalars, flossing all of the teeth, and then polishing the teeth.
How often should one visit the dentist and dental hygienist?
For healthy patients one should have twice yearly hygiene appointments – every 6 months, with x-rays taken every year.
For patients with periodontal disease they don’t need “cleanings” in a traditional sense but Periodontal Maintenance performed 4 times a year (every three months), provided that initial Sub gingival periodontal scaling and root planning has been done. These patients are our “At-risk” patients for disease progression, and loss of teeth.