Stamp Out Tooth Decay

Stamp Out Tooth Decay

With regular cleanings and check-ups, you can keep your natural smile for a lifetime. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause of decay and periodontal disease. In fact, the major cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, which is known as the silent killer of teeth because most patients feel no symptoms until it’s too late.

Waterford Family Dental Care cares about your oral health and understands the importance of preventive dental care. In order to maintain a healthy smile, dental cleanings should be performed at least every six months to remove plaque and tartar. If plaque is left on teeth, either above or below the gum line, it can lead to unhealthy gums, bone loss, and/or tooth decay. Dental cleanings should include scaling, root planing and polishing, along with a complete periodontal evaluation.

Scaling

Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces using a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Scaling is traditionally performed by dental hygienists. Advanced technology has lead to more modern methods such as ultrasonic scalers which allow dental cleanings to be performed more more efficiently. Sometimes both ultrasonic and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings to give you the best results.

Periodontal Evaluations

Dental hygienists perform periodontal evaluations which involves the measurement of the space, or “pocket” between the tooth and gum to the level of bone that surrounds each tooth. These measurements are recorded along with the presence of any gum recession and / or mobility for each tooth.

Root Planing

Root planing is the process of cleaning the area around each tooth called “periodontal pockets,” to treat and/or prevent gum disease.

Root planing is used to effectively treat moderate to severe gum disease. Periodontal pockets become deeper and may lose connections to the bone surrounding each tooth when gums are inflamed. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for plaque to become trapped and worsen the gum disease.

Root planing involves the use of both ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments to effectively remove both tartar and plaque from periodontal pockets. Depending on the degree of difficulty, root planing may take multiple appointments and local anesthesia may be used to prevent discomfort.

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Patient Reviews

  • Dr. Shlom is awesome!! He always writes a personal “thank you” note after my treatments & the office staff are professional & friendly…P.S. –the mint-scented gas masks are the best!

    Dennisha DeAnn London
  • Dr. Shlom and the staff are very patient and knowledgeable. He was extremely patient, calming and quick with my nervous son’s tooth extraction. I love the atmosphere and the care that my child receives here.

    Lynell McKay Doyle
  • Honestly the best dentist around i have seen all 3. Although you may have to wait it is well worth the time spent! They have helped me over come so many fears and helped me get back on track with a healthy oral lifestyle! Love each and every one of the staff!

    Chelsea Stothers
  • I got some work done on Monday. First time visit. I was not expecting to get the work done that day at all! Dr. Shlom and his team were great! I got my mail today and received a hand written letter from Dr. Shlom saying I did great and hoped I wasn’t in too much pain. Also if I needed anything to give him a call. Let’s just say he now has my husband and I as clients for life!

    Heidi Tottingham
  • I was terrified about all the Root Canal stories. As mine was going on, the Doc stopped & I asked how much longer (waiting for this so called pain) & he said “We are done”! I was amazed. They worked with me on payments, are always friendly but unfortunately, I have moved out of the area & have NOT got my teeth cleaned & will not do so until I can get to this place…….I have had to many issues in my life with Dentists & now I found a GOOD one, I will wait! Thank you all & hope to see you soon. S.K.

    Shawn Bird-Kowalske
  • Great dental office, have been going there for years. My wife has gone there since she was little and now our kids (8 and 6) go as well. And they have no fear of going to this office.

    Terrence Williams

We pride ourselves on being people-oriented. When you visit Waterford Family Dental Care, you can look forward to a judgement-free, guilt-free, and pressure-free experience. Whether you come for routine dental maintenance, restorative care, or cosmetic treatments, we look forward to showing you how dentistry can literally be life-changing.

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