Hygiene refers to periodic professional dental cleanings. As much as you try to brush and floss consistently at home, you still cannot remove all the plaque and tartar that accumulates on your teeth. Have you heard of the saying “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body”? Prevailing research confirms a link between gum disease and other ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature birth in pregnant women.
If you are diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, we can use a conservative, yet state-of-the-art non-surgical laser therapy as treatment. A laser is a device that uses light energy to perform work. Lasers are unique because they can treat targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected. Also, the lasers may seal off blood vessels and nerve endings during a procedure which can reduce bleeding, post-operative pain, and swelling. Given their gentle and precise nature, lasers are generally used without anesthetic.
After removing the plaque and tartar, a laser is used to selectively remove diseased or infected tissues lining the pockets (the gaps between your teeth and the surrounding gum tissue) around your teeth. At the same time, the laser will kill the bacteria causing your gum disease and promote healing of your gums around your teeth.
As a new patient, we want to learn about your current oral health. During your first visit to our office, our priority is to understand your long term dental goals and discuss any concerns you may have. Our hygienist then uses the latest technology to comprehensively evaluate your gum health, offer options to treat all stages of gum disease, and personalize a prevention home care regimen. Once the evaluations are complete, Dr. Dhaliwal and our hygienists collaborate to come up with a comprehensive plan to help you achieve all your dental goals, giving you a smile you can feel confident about for a lifetime!