Hygiene and Periodontal Disease

Cleaning your teeth keeps disease away

Routine home maintenance is not enough to keep your teeth healthy because it generally focuses on areas of the tooth that are above the gum-line.

A regular scaling and root planing procedure removes plaque, tartar and bacterial toxins from tooth surfaces below the gum line.

That's why at Eastport Dental Centre we make sure that you and your family are on a twice yearly or possibly more frequent maintenance or preventative care schedule.

In order to find appointment times that fit with their busy and active life styles, most of our clients pre-schedule their next visit.

We will remind you with a phone call or email when it’s time for your next preventative care visit.

At your cleaning /hygiene appointment you may require:

  • taking x-rays to check jawbone levels
  • measuring the depth of periodontal pockets
  • checking for loose teeth or bleeding gums
  • removing plaque or tartar above and below the gum-line
  • talking about the effectiveness of your home-care
  • oral cancer screening and checking the tissues of the head and neck

Regular periodontal and preventative maintenance visits help us get rid of the bacteria in your gums and slow or eliminate its destructive effects.

Regular removal of tartar and bacteria are crucial to treating gingivitis, controlling periodontal disease, and preventing tooth decay.

How do we accomplish this?

We use an ultrasonic scaler

An ultrasonic scaler consists of a wand with a small scaling tip that produces a soft ultrasonic vibration and a gentle flow of water.

As the tip moves along the tooth surface, it makes quick, small vibrations that break up plaque and tartar.

These vibrations give you a tickling sensation and cause millions of microscopic bubbles to form in the water.

The benefits of ultrasonic scaling

Ultrasonic scaling can be more comfortable than hand scaling because the tip is extremely small.

Also, much of the work is done without disturbing the gum tissue.

Scaling your teeth with an ultrasonic scaler and hand scaling is an effective and efficient method for helping you keep your gums healthy and maintaining a beautiful smile.

The cleaner the better!

Come for a regular checkup and cleaning

You don’t have to wait for periodontal disease or other gum disease to appear, you can prevent it easily. Just come for regular checkups and cleanings, and you will protect your oral health.