Use of Ultrasonic Scalers for periodontal maintenance

March 8, 2018

There are two techniques for removing dental plaque and tartar during your dental cleaning appointment: manual or ultrasonic.  Manual cleaning is done with hand instruments – scalers and currettes where the plaque and tartar are scraped from the teeth. The second technique uses ultrasonic scalers. Ultrasonic tooth scalers generate up to 50,000 vibrations per second which produce the formation of bubbles filled with water vapor. The vibration stretches and compresses these tiny bubbles until they implode and release a Continue reading

Changing Your Breath From Bad To Good

February 7, 2018

Nobody likes to admit it, but many people suffer with bad breath or the medical term, halitosis. Bad breath can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. Luckily, this problem is often easy to fix. Solutions include good hygiene, regular dentist visits, and ruling out other factors or underlying medical problems.

 

Potential causes of bad breath include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Poor Dental hygiene
  • Gum disease, cracked teeth/fillings, and decay
  • Dry mouth
  • Tonsil stones
  • Medications
  • Diabetes, Liver disease, respiratory tract Continue reading

Premedication before dental appointments

January 8, 2018

Many patients are advised that they should taking antibiotics prior to undergoing certain dental appointments – to premedicate themselves. What is premedication? Premedication is a preventative step of taking antibiotics before dental procedures that can cause gum or bone bleeding such as a cleaning, extraction, root canal, deep cleaning, etc. Why do medical and dental professionals suggest this extra step?

We all have bacteria in our mouths which can enter the bloodstream through exposed areas of our oral mucosa during Continue reading

SLEEP APNEA – Is it just snoring or…?

December 9, 2017

Do you find yourself snoring or waking up throughout the night?  Are you fatigued throughout the day? Do you have high blood pressure? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you may have a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by the repeated collapsing of one’s airway during their sleep. These pauses in breathing can occur 5-30 times or more per hour for up to a minute each time. This not only prevents restful Continue reading