Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Oral cancer screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It's very important to have your dentist check this area if you have bleeding during brushing.
As an adjunct therapy after the scaling and root planing we recommend the use of the Diode laser to "decontaminate" the periodontal tissue that is surrounding the tooth surface. This allows for better healing as the light from the laser increases cellular turnover and kills the anaerobic bacteria. This requires no anesthetic and takes about 5-10 minutes at the end of your appointment. No antibiotics are required!
Dr. Butler has invested in dental ozone therapy equipment that can help you control and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease. We can use ozonated water and various ozonated oils to help you decontaminate your mouth in the office and at home. For serious periodontal problems we can formulate custom trays and apply ozone gas at regular intervals which helps control bacteria and reduces the inflammatory process while increasing healing. This can eliminate the need for antibiotics. **Many oral bacteria are becoming resistant to common antibiotics in use today.
Diode Laser for Gingival & Periodontal Therapy
The diode laser has been shown to be effective and safe for non-surgical periodontal treatment. Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy is non-invasive. With the diode laser there is a reduced need for systemic or locally applied antimicrobials. This leads to fewer allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance. There is significant proof that the addition of Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy to conventional scaling and root planing improves outcomes.
The hard side of the pocket (tooth and root surface) is first debrided with ultrasonic scalers and hand instrumentation. This is followed by laser bacterial reduction and coagulation of the soft tissue (epithelial) side of the pocket.
The laser fiber is measured to a distance of one mm short of the pocket depth. The fiber is used in light contact with a sweeping action that covers the entire epithelial lining, from the base of the pocket upward. The fiber tip is cleaned often with damp gauze to prevent the buildup of debris. Re-probing of treated sites should not be attempted for 3 months post operatively, because healing starts at the base of the pocket and the new tissue remains fragile for this period of time.*
Xylitol and Salivary pH
One of the most overlooked portions of your oral health is the pH of your body tissues (including saliva!). Due to the nature of modern processed foods and our stressed-out lifestyles many people are functioning in an acidic (and toxic) body environment. If your saliva has lost the buffering ability it is supposed to have then you are much more likely to experience decay-even if you brush and floss daily! Our office does salivary pH testing and caries risk assessment to determine if you are at risk and provide you with a plan of action to prevent future decay.
We recommend Xylitol gum and/or mints after each meal. We also recommend xylitol containing toothpaste and mouthwash. We would be happy to formulate a custom hygiene regimen for you!
*Much of this information was taken from an original article published in Oral Health Journal, December 2009. The author is Dr. Fay Goldstep.
Dr. Fay Goldstep sits on the Oral Health Editorial Board (Healing/Preventive Dentistry), has served on the teaching faculties of the Post-graduate Programs in Esthetic Dentistry at SUNY Buffalo, the Universities of Florida (Gainesville), Minnesota (Minneapolis), and has been a featured speaker in the ADA Seminar Series. She has lectured nationally and internationally on Healing Dentistry, Innovations in Hygiene, Dentist Health Issues and Office Design, and has published numerous articles, on these topics.