Cleanings & Prevention

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Plaque and bacteria are building up inside of your mouth every day as you eat and drink. As food gets stuck between teeth and begins to break down, it eats away at the enamel of your teeth and cavities form. Enamel also erodes from drinking carbonated or acidic drinks such as soda. This erosion of enamel leads to cavities and nobody wants a cavity!   

A dental checkup and cleaning is recommended every six months, twice per year, and most dental insurance providers cover those visits 100%.   We are dedicated to promoting preventive dentistry. Educating our patients about preventive dentistry measures, including home care practices and regular visits to our dental office are vital to maintaining their optimal oral health and overall well-being.   

Our goal is to have our patients avoid any type of dental disease, or in the very least, identify it in its early stages so it is treatable with minor care before it progresses. Dr. Gary Kijanka and his hygienists also know how easily bacteria can adhere to your teeth, tongue, and soft tissue that result in a build-up of plaque. If plaque isn't controlled it can easily cause gingivitis, periodontists and bad breath.   

In practicing preventive dentistry, our dental team schedules routine check-ups and cleanings in addition to encouraging home care oral hygiene practices.   
  • What you can expect during a routine appointment at our dental office: 
  • Prophylaxis- a full cleaning of the teeth which removes plaque and built-up calculus 
  • Examination of the teeth for cavities, soft tissue for periodontal disease and bone structure 
  • Assessment of current and previous dental restorations X-rays Screening for oral cancer and other diseases 
  • Application of fluoride and sealants on teeth Dental recommendations and evaluations

Prophy to Periodontitis

There are many different levels of cleaning depending the health status of your gums and supporting bone.  Periodontitis is a disease process where bacteria (found in plaque and calculus) cause damage to the gums and bone that support your teeth.  We measure this by looking at the "Pocket Depths" around your teeth and by looking at the x-rays.  A full periodontal chart should be done (recording the "pocket depths", which start at 1mm and go up to as high as 12-13mm).  Normal ranges are 2-3mm (this would mean you probably need a prophy, or basic cleaning).  Anything higher than that and you may have periodontal disease, in which case you need a "Deep Cleaning."  Your dentist and the dental hygienist will let you know exactly what you need after he does a diagnosis.  During the cleaning, there are many things to look for, like a plaque index (the purple stuff - disclosing solution), ultrasonic cleaning, oral hygiene instructions, hand scaling, flossing, etc.  If you need a deep cleaning, you may also get anesthetic (numbing) in order to clean those deeper pockets. Hope that helps!