Preventative Dentistry in Fullerton: Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment
Daily preventive procedures share the common goal of removing bacteria from the mouth. If allowed to build-up, bacteria sticks to the teeth, tongue and gums which then becomes plaque, that over time can mineralize into a hard substance called tartar. Only professional cleanings can remove tartar.
Inadequate plaque control is the primary cause of gingivitis (inflamed gums), periodontitis (bacterial induced gum disease), and halotosis (bad breath). Patients can minimize bacterial accumulation through regular brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping, and periodic dental hygiene appointments.
At your first appointment, one part of your examination will include a periodontal evaluation (gum exam). During this standard appointment your gums are evaluated for supporting bone structure, inflammation of the gums, plaque levels, and periodontal pocketing, which can lead to eventual tooth loss. Whether it is a prophy (simple cleaning) or a scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) , our Fullerton Dentist, Dr. Ryoo will prescribe a treatment that is suitable for your oral condition and provide you with a healthier, fresher, and cleaner smile. In some cases, a session of Professional Fluoride Therapy will follow.
Professional Fluoride Therapy
Fluoride therapy has been proven beneficial in maintaining optimal oral health, particularly in the prevention of tooth decay and hypersensitivity. Professional fluoride treatments, combined with daily home therapy, can often times improve dental health. Treatment options vary according to a patient’s susceptibility to decay, level of tooth sensitivity, periodontal (gum) condition and number of cosmetic restorations.
Like fluoride, dental sealants can give today’s children a head start on good oral health and are most beneficial when applied to the permanent molars as soon as they grow in.
A sealant is an opaque resin material that is applied directly to cavity-prone chewing surfaces and deep grooves of the back teeth and provides protection against decay. Although effective against fighting cavities sealants do not eliminate the need for daily homecare, and children still need to brush and floss.
Contact Our Fullerton Dentist Today
At Ryoo Dental, we will use advanced dental techniques and technology to ensure that you not only have a beautiful smile, but overall oral health. Schedule regular appointments at our Fullerton office to receive the best in preventative dental care. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal dental health.
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