Preventative Dental Care - Rosa Dental
We here at Rosa Dental, located in midtown Sacramento, live by the philosophy that prevention is an important part of great dental care that is often overlooked. We do take the time to educate our patients on how to stop a problem before it happens.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventative Dental Care
Because most adults have
experienced tooth decay, we
recommend twice a year dental
appointments for a dental check
Patients are taught how to brush
and ﬂoss correctly so they can be
consistent in their home care to
prevent the plaque and bacteria
that cause decay.
Poor oral hygiene, including not
brushing or ﬂossing regularly,
usually leads to bad breath can also
be a sign of early-stage gum disease.
It is vital that people have regular
cleanings and be committed to
good home dental care.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
People with gum disease are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, and
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the disease. If the disease
progresses as the pocket between the tooth and gums gets ﬁlled with tartar,
bacteria, or plaque, it causes irritation to the surrounding tissue. When these
remain, they cause gum damage which eventually aﬀects the bone that supports the
Advanced disease means a periodontal cleanup is needed; this is called a scaling
and planing (deep cleaning). While the gum is numbed, scaling is the removal of the
irritants above and below the gum line. The planing is smoothing the root surface
rough spots. This procedure helps pockets to shrink and gum tissue to heal. To
control the infection and the healing, medications, rinses, and electric
toothbrushes may be needed.
New patients receive a comprehensive examination which includes a screening for
oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A
routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in
dental and health status since the previous visit.
Your gum tissue is measured with a ﬁne instrument ruler to calibrate in millimeters
pocket depth between the tooth and connective gum tissue around the tooth.
Pocket depths more than 4 millimeters are serious because the deeper the pocket,
the greater the extent plaque bacteria collects, causing infection or gum disease.
X-Rays are taken as needed. Tooth scaling and root planning occur as needed.
Routine cleanings also include a professional polishing (Prophy) that removes only
the soft, sticky plaque above the gum line.