While accidents can happen, the most common oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, can be effectively prevented with the help of good dental hygiene. The bacterium in naturally forming plaque tends to convert carbohydrates in food (such as sugar) into acids that demineralize teeth and often lead to a build-up of tartar, which can further threaten the health of teeth and gums. Thankfully, Dr. Noorda takes this common threat very seriously at his Henderson, NV dental practice. With the help of a thorough dental hygiene appointment, as well as guidance on how to thoroughly care for teeth and gums in the comfort of your home, patients in the Las Vegas area and beyond can get the attention and care they need to make their smile truly shine.
Let Us Give Your Teeth a Five-Star Treatment
Generally, we recommend that our patients schedule a dental hygiene appointment twice a year – usually in conjunction with their regular check-up. During this appointment, our dedicated dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, ensuring that they’re free of plaque and tartar. They will also polish them! Of course, if your mouth shows signs of gum (periodontal) disease, we may need to schedule a separate appointment for you so that we can address the problem with more detailed methods.
It’s important to remember that while plaque can be easily cleansed with regular tools found at home, built-up tartar cannot be removed from your teeth without the help of a professional. That’s why it’s so important to attend regular hygiene appointments with Dr. Noorda and his accomplished team!
For patients suffering from the moderate stages of periodontal disease, a routine hygiene appointment may not be enough to fully clean their teeth and gums. Instead, a deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root planing) can help eliminate the bacteria gathered in periodontal pockets and create ideal conditions for your gums to heal. Scaling is the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of teeth, while root planing smoothes the root surfaces and removes the infected structure, leaving behind a nicely smooth area.
Practice Good Oral Health Habits Right At Home
Remember, good dental hygiene begins at home! Careful, frequent brushing at least two times a day should prevent a lot of the accumulation of plaque on the teeth and help keep tartar from forming. Additionally, make sure to floss at least once a day in order to get rid of plaque and food particles that stick between the teeth, which can cause irritation to the gums. If we see any indication that you might not be brushing or flossing properly, we’ll be happy to show you the proper techniques and answer any questions you have.