Use of Ultrasonic Scalers for Periodontal Maintenance

2018-10-04T21:02:10-04:00Oral Health, Periodontal|

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 burst of pressure.  When the bubbles implode, they produce energy that tear apart the cell walls of oral pathogens. Ultrasonic scalers also produce a steady flow of water which will flush out the gingival pockets to help remove bacteria from around the teeth and gums.

Patients can benefit in many ways from using the ultrasonic scalers. The ultrasonic scalers tend to be much quicker in removal of calculus than hand instruments, they […]

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

2018-10-04T21:08:27-04:00General, Periodontal|

When people come to the dentist, they strive to be cavity free. Often, they forget there is another aspect to dental health. Gum health is just as important as being cavity free. Bleeding gums are never normal, even when having your teeth professionally cleaned. Imagine if your scalp bled when you brushed your hair. It’s the same concept with teeth; bleeding gums are a warning sign that your dental health is at risk.

So what causes bleeding gums?  Most simply put, bacteria. Bacteria live in the dental plaque that accumulates on our teeth daily forming a biofilm. Without proper brushing at least twice a day and daily flossing, the bacteria can flourish and grow under the gumline. This bacterial infection of the gums causes inflammation, soreness and bleeding when brushing and flossing.

To prevent bleeding gums and gum disease, oral hygiene must be thorough with brushing 2 minutes twice a day preferably […]

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