Teeth Cleaning and Preventative Care
Teeth Cleanings in Redding
Our board certified dental hygienists offer the latest techniques and technologies in the art and science of dental plaque removal. To assure that your teeth have a healthy foundation, our hygienists utilize: ultrasonic therapy for tartar, plaque and stain removal; laser therapy for gingivitis and gum corrections; and direct antibiotic placement for the elimination of localized periodontal disease. At each hygiene visit your Redding teeth cleaning will be meticulous and your gums measured to insure a healthy foundation for your exceptional smile. For your comfort, our dental hygienists are licensed in the administration of local dental anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation and oral sedation to assure that their dental touch is received by happy and relaxed clients. We understand that if your teeth cleanings in Redding are uncomfortable, you won't be back!
Panorex Extra-Oral Digital X-RayNo painful films are placed inside your mouth and, in less than one minute, your full set of x-rays are ready to be viewed by our team of professionals. These x-rays provide the highest level of detail available with insures that dental problems are diagnosed before symptoms develop. Digial x-rays require no hazardous chemicals to process and are 100% environmentally friendly while at the same time reducing x-ray exposure to our clients by 80%.
GingivitisThe longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the move harmful they become. The bacterium causes inflammation of the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease that affects only the tissue (not the bone). Some forms of this disease affect as many as 50% of the population, without their awareness. Red or swollen gums that bleed easily usually indicate gingivitis. When treated early, the tissues heal very quickly.
Periodontal DiseaseGingivitis left untreated can progress into periodontitis, which eventually destroys gum tissues, ligaments and bone which hold your teeth in place. While gingivitis only affects tissue, periodontitis silently eats at the bone around the tooth, usually without any warning or discomfort. Even though your teeth may be healthy, they can still be lost, because there is no bone left to hold them in place. As the infection spreads there is a greater chance it can reach your heart and vital organs with serious and sometimes fatal consequences. New studies link gum disease to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, low birth-weight babies and more.
A periodontal exam includes taking measurements of the spaces between your teeth and gums. Our ability to monitor these measurements at each visit will better help us diagnose where extra care at home or treatment in the office is needed. Before proceeding with a cosmetic or restorative treatment we want to make sure the foundation for your restorations are healthy.
ArestinArestin is an antibiotic which is place in infected periodontal pockets to eliminate bacteria. It takes no time to place Arestin in an area and the antibiotic is released for two weeks under the tissue, giving it the best chance to heal.
Tooth DesensitizationTeeth often become sensitive to extreme temperature. There a many ways to alleviate this uncomfortable problem. Laser technology, Clinpro (prescription toothpaste), varnish bonding and MI Paster (a natural product derived from milk proteins) will all be evaluated as to which course of action will be appropriate for your case.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth's enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth's enamel layer when acids -- formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth -- attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.
Our office team applies a flouride varnish which contains a much higher level of fluoride than the amount found in toothpastes and mouth rinses. It is certainly important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride. This is the timeframe during which the primary and permanent teeth come in. However, adults benefit from fluoride, too. New research indicates that topical fluoride -- from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments -- are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth.