Good oral health enhances our ability to speak, smile, eat, and show our emotions through facial expressions. Preventive oral health habits — such as regular dental care and good oral hygiene — developed early in life can lead to better overall oral health throughout a person’s life.
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid:
- gum disease
- enamel wear
- oral cancer
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental checkups each year for professional cleaning and management of any developing conditions. Adhering to this recommendation can help stop dental disease in its earliest stages, protecting your smile and limiting your expense.
During a dental exam, Walnut Ranch will evaluate your overall health and oral hygiene, your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease. They’ll also review your need for tooth restoration and/or tooth replacement. And finally, the dentists at Walnut Ranch will look for clues to whether oral problems are symptoms of other diseases in the body.
Walnut Ranch Dental Spa uses prophylaxis to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
Walnut Ranch Dental Spa will use this two-step process for cleaning teeth:
- Removal of any bacterial accumulation known as tartar or calculus. Root planing and scaling, commonly known as a “deep cleaning “, is performed on those with mild to moderate periodontal disease. Antibiotic gels and local anesthesia are often used in conjunction with root planing and scaling.
- Polishing – Removal of soft bacterial accumulation known as plaque, and smoothing of the surface of enamel to reduce future plaque buildup. Walnut Ranch uses Prophy-Jet®, a special air-powder polishing unit that uses a concentrated spray of air, water, and a very fine powder. The pressure of this combination serves to effectively remove bacterial plaque accumulation and leave a smooth, polished surface behind. Read more about Prophy-Jet®.
If necessary, Walnut Ranch will perform a gross debridement that consists of removal of plaque and calculus from the teeth of people who suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease.