With the small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth
First dental cleaning visit
Many new patients that enter our practice need more than “just a cleaning”. Our services encompass the entirety of dental hygiene to ensure your teeth are in spectacular condition when you leave our San Leandro practice. You can expect us to do several things that include the following:
- Perform a thorough gum and periodontal evaluation
- Screen for decay with x-rays
- Effectively and comfortably clean your teeth with hand and microscopic scaling instruments.
- Polish superficial stain, floss and apply a fluoride treatment to protect enamel.
- Instruct you on how to care for your teeth and gums at home.
- Determine the frequency of visits and if repetitive therapy is needed to treat the periodontal infection.
Good periodontal health = Good general health
- Periodontal bacteria can travel in the bloodstream and cause infections in major organs.
- Research indicates that periodontal infection can increase your risk for coronary heart disease, infective endocarditis, and stroke.
- Uncontrolled diabetics are at a greater risk of developing a periodontal infection. Diabetes lowers your body’s ability to fight infection and can cause dry mouth.
- There is a link between periodontal infection and respiratory infections like pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If you have periodontal disease, you may be inhaling harmful bacteria.
- Healthy gums are essential if you are pregnant. During pregnancy, your body produces higher hormones, and your gums may react strongly to these hormones causing some to develop “pregnancy gingivitis.” This condition causes swollen, red, and tender gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing.
- There is also the risk of having a pre-term, low birth weight baby in women with mild periodontal infection. During pregnancy, the prostaglandins level increases, then peaks in labor. Extra prostaglandins are produced in response to gum infection; your body may interpret this as a signal to go into labor.
Schedule your Teeth Cleaning appointment
If you are ready to schedule your Teeth Cleaning appointment or want to learn more about treatment costs and pricing, contact our office at (510) 969-4088