The main goal of general dentistry at our Long Island practice is to keep the mouth clean and healthy in order to prevent serious dental problems. To achieve this goal, we recommend that patients schedule dental exams a minimum of once every six months. At these appointments, we can monitor oral health, provide soft-tissue management, and recommend any necessary cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry treatments.
Dental Cleanings - Prophylaxis
Periodontal disease affects 1 out of 2 people over 30 years of age. Dental cleanings or prophylaxis is the first step to preventing or treating gum problems.
We are Levittown, L.I. dentists with a superb team of Certified Hygienists that will get rid of any bleeding gums or even bad breath. We can do it painlessly and affordably. Our hygienists are certified to give both novocaine and nitrous oxide if needed.
We teach you proper oral hygiene so once we get rid of the problem, it will not occur again.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Bacteria found in dental plaque produces toxins that chronically irritate the gums. This often causes the gums or gingiva to turn red, and bleed easily. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar or calculus and attaches to the roots of the teeth. If this irritation is prolonged, pockets or spaces develop. Stopping periodontal disease from progressing is key. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
What is Scaling & Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and left smooth so it’s harder for the bacteria is grow. In short, good scaling and root planing may very well avoid possible gum surgery later in life.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
It is a fact that adults over 35 lose more teeth from gum disease than from cavities. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by proper tooth brushing and flossing.
What can we do to help you keep your teeth?
In addition to the cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we help our patients develop proper oral hygiene. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make suggestions to improve your routine where needed. We are truly dedicated to helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime!
7 Important Reasons to Have Regular Dental Cleanings
Poor oral hygiene has been proven to lead to several dental and medical problems. Here are 7 important reasons to have regular cleanings at your dentist:
- Several recent studies have linked gum disease with heart disease. Having a dental cleaning every 6 months unquestionably reduces strokes and heart disease.
- Keep your teeth clean, and you will KEEP your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of adults losing their teeth. Brushing and flossing do help, but a good dental cleaning is essential.
- The hygienist is a key dental person to keep an eye on your dental health. In addition to doing good cleanings, she can spot tooth problems (broken fillings, cavities) before they become bigger problems.
- Dental cleanings are usually completely covered by insurance. So, if you have insurance, take advantage of the benefits you deserve and are paying for.
- Having a brighter, clean smile has been shown to help us both socially, and in business. Looking to get that good job? Expect to be around people? Having cleaner teeth with fresh breath is a big plus.
- Regular cleanings prevent bad breath. Persistent bad breath has been often linked to poor oral hygiene. Regular cleanings will remove the tartar, plaque, and stain that cause many of the bad odors associated with “halitosis”.
- Last but not least. We all need to be aware that oral cancer exists all too often. The American Dental Association says that one person in the U.S. loses their life every hour to oral cancer. The well trained hygienist and the dentist are trained to spot oral lesions at their early stages. So, you may come in for “just a cleaning,” but it could save your life.
Offering treatment for gum disease, periodontal disease, gingivitis, non-surgical gum treatments to Patients all across Long Island including Levittown, East Meadow, Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Wantagh and Bellmore.