Routine Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Care
Routine Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
We consider both the initial examination and routine dental hygiene visits a unique experience. While most offices around the country use trained licensed hygienists we take it a step further. All routine hygiene care of your mouth is taken care of directly by Dr. Singer (no Hygienist). It is his feeling that both the patient and he benefit by the one patient at a time dental care. At routine hygiene appointments the patients’ dental history and radiographs are evaluated. He evaluates your periodontal (“gum”) condition and discusses his findings with each patient. The exam will include oral cancer screening and intra-oral photos to document your dental health. A review of your medical history is essential along with an evaluation of your temporomandibular joint and your occlusion (your bite). This is all accomplished by the support of our fun, happy, well-trained staff to give you a relaxed as possible office visit.
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.