Hygiene Care

Adult Prophylaxis- The ‘Routine’ Cleaning
After it is determined that you do not have active gum disease, our hygienists will scale plaque and tartar from areas above the gum line and from between teeth. These deposits contribute to gum disease and removal is essential in preventing gingivitis and periodontitis. Next, the teeth are polished, flossed, and oral hygiene instructions are shared with the patient.

Scaling and root planning- Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Scaling and root planning is the most common and conservative treatment for gum disease or periodontitis. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. This process targets the areas below the gum line. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smoothes irregular areas of the root surface both above and below the gum line.

If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, your condition will be treated in two visits. In each of the two visits, one half of your dentition will be managed. Local anesthetic will be administered to ensure your comfort while the work is completed. Patients rarely report minor tenderness or sensitivity following treatment. For this reason, pain medications are not prescribed and you will be advised to use Tylenol or Ibuprofen following your visit to ensure comfort.

Periodontal Maintenance
Periodontal maintenance is a type of cleaning indicated for patients who have been treated for gum disease or are currently undergoing treatment for gum disease. Once a patient has been diagnosed with periodontal disease and therapy has been completed, a routine cleaning (adult prophylaxis) is no longer adequate routine care. This visit includes checking periodontal pocket depths, localized scaling of any buildup below the gum line, scaling and removal of tartar above the gum line, polishing, flossing, and review of oral hygiene technique.

(What separates the two routine care services is the time and attention paid to accumulation below the gum line. Patients that do not have pocketing, do not have tartar below the gum line. An adult prophylaxis or regular cleaning is the perfect prescription. If pocketing is present, an adult prophylaxis is inadequate service to control and preserve the gums and bone around the teeth. Dr. Eslami will help you know which service will be appropriate for your situation.)

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