Our hygienists are dedicated to providing you with the best preventative care for your teeth and gums. This includes a hygiene appointment known as a dental cleaning. Using both Ultrasonic and Hand Scalers, our hygienists effectively remove calculus deposits (calcified bacteria that collect and attach to the tooth and root surfaces) from teeth.
Treatment goals emphasize disrupting bacterial plaque while minimizing any damage to the root structure during calculus removal. Ultrasonic Scalers or “Power” Scalers, along with traditional hand scaling, enables your hygienist to remove tartar and calculus from your teeth with minimal damage to the tooth root. Using turbulence and irrigation to disrupt bacteria, power scalers therapeutically wash and flush periodontal pockets and root surfaces with cooling water. Deep cleanings or Scaling and Root Planing removes heavy deposits near or under the gum line. When we schedule new patients for an initial oral exam, it is crucial for Dr. Fuller to examine your teeth first, so he can diagnose which type of dental cleaning is best for you.
We are happy to accommodate your busy schedule, simply call our office at 520-886-8428 to schedule an appointment. We offer automated appointment reminders that call your home two days prior to your scheduled appointment time to remind you of your appointment.
Oral Health Exam or “Check-Up”
At the end of your dental cleaning, Dr. Fuller will come into the room for your check-up or oral health exam. Recent studies have shown a connection between oral health and overall health. An oral-systemic connection describes a link between diseases and conditions of the mouth, and medical conditions of the body like diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Therefore, it is especially important that Dr. Fuller examines your teeth at regular intervals. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid costly dental and health problems in the future.
As you age, you might be asked to schedule more than the ADA recommended two appointments each year. This can be a great benefit to people at risk of developing health issues. Certain medical conditions of the body have early oral manifestations. Regular dental visits are vital to maintaining a healthy oral environment and to controlling oral infections from the body that can cause tooth caries and periodontal disease.
The key to healthy teeth and gums is to brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day. Get down under the gum line when you floss (that is where the bacteria live). This will disturb the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease, cavities and bad breath. According to Dr. Mayo, if you can take care of your teeth and gums, it will extend your life by at least ten years.
Easy ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Brush your teeth after every meal and rinse with mouthwash (or brush lightly with no toothpaste) after sugary snacks
- Use dental floss or soft picks daily to clean between the teeth
- Clean your tongue regularly by using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper
- See Dr. Fuller for routine dental exams
Digital X-rays and Dental Records
In our office we use digital radiography that allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor that records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each individual case.
Digital dental records allow us to easily and quickly assess your current oral health before you even sit down in the chair. Digital dental record technology is drastically impacting dental practices by removing paperwork and filing cabinets, thereby helping the environment and making it easier to transfer dental records in case the patient is referred to a specialist.