Good Dental Hygiene.

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Posted by Dr. William Linger, DDS, MAGD - 27 September, 2017

Hygiene.jpg(Pictured: Traci Stowers, RDH and Ashley Hubbard, RDH, Our Licensed Periodontal Therapists)

Who doesn’t want fresh breath, a brighter smile and better health? Of course, we all do! We all want to feel confident and ready to face the world in both our personal and professional lives.

Did you know that first impressions are created in less than a tenth of a second? It’s true! In just the blink of an eye, the people you meet will make decisions about you that will be long lasting.

A visit with one of our hygienists can give you that extra edge to boost your confidence in making a great first impression. Fresh breath and a bright smile are a wonderful introduction. Good dental hygiene is important for your health.

We know you’ll be able to take it from there and dazzle folks with your talents and skills.

Do Something Really Good for Yourself!

A visit with one of our hygienists can also improve your overall health. While poets may say that the eyes are the windows to your soul, doctors know that your mouth is the window to your total health and well-being. Doctors call this the oral-systemic link or the mouth-body connection.

Regularly climbing into our hygiene chair can mean gaining better health, better looks, and even staying out of the dental chair! When you consider that oral disease can be silent and symptom-free and that research has linked oral disease with other health problems, making regular hygiene appointments is definitely your wisest choice. We are one of only two dental practices on the East Coast who have hygienists working with the dental microscope.

Periodontal Disease, a.k.a Gum disease, can be diagnosed and treated at the earliest stages when you are seen regularly by a skilled Hygienist. If treated and maintained at home and with regular and possibly more frequent visits with your Hygienist, Periodontal Disease can be controlled so it does not cause more damage. Periodontal Disease is linked with cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, diabetes, and low birth weight babies. Since it is a painless disease, it can go undetected for many years without regular exams from your Hygienist. This means without these exams the infection can be destroying the bone and tissues that are the foundation for your teeth.

Improving the health of your mouth will have positive impact throughout your body by warding off some medical complications and preventing others. Count on us to keep up with the latest research, treatments and recommendations. We can share all of that with you at your next visit so you are well-informed and taking steps to get and stay healthy for life!

In Our Office, It’s More than JUST a Cleaning!

It’s important for you to know that most mouth infections are silent and symptom-free, so you don’t even know what’s happening until there is a problem. We know you want to avoid emergency visits to the doctor or dentist and we can help. In addition to cleaning your teeth at your checkup visit, we also do all the screenings necessary to stay on top of the early signs of disease before your have any negative affects than can impact your health and your ability to keep your teeth for the rest of your life.

A professional teeth cleaning appointment with a hygienist in our office includes:

  • Reviewing medical history.
  • Thorough Microscope Enhanced evaluation of your mouth including checking for gum disease, tooth decay, and bite disease.
  • Removal of bacteria that have been linked to heart disease and stroke.
  • Oral cancer screening with the Dental Microscope.
  • Dental x-rays for detection of dental disease between teeth, under existing dental work , within the bone, and around the roots of the teeth.
  • Intra-oral photographs.
  • Use of the Dental Microscdope for early detection of decay.
  • Microscope Enhanced Cleaning and Scaling of teeth to remove plaque, tartar and surface stains.
  • Polishing of teeth and restorations.
  • Fluoride to prevent tooth decay and reduce sensitivity.
  • Use of latest technology for early detection of problems.

Our professional hygienists also help to educate our clients on healthy dental care:

  • Oral hygiene instruction geared specifically for your needs.
  • Nutrition counseling.
  • Explanations of dental treatments.
  • Discussing future treatment.

Take advantage of our knowledge! Your appointment is also a wonderful opportunity to ask all the questions you have about how restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In short, if you’ve got the questions, we’ve got the time. Hygiene services begin here, but they must always be followed by proper brushing, flossing, and healthy eating at home, If you’re not sure how, ask your hygienist!

There’s no such thing as just a cleaning for our patients! We look forward to seeing you soon and partnering with you to keep you healthy. Now that’s certainly something to smile about!

Topics: Dentistry


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