Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health…In addition to a meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your techniques and help you make small adjustments to your routine where they are needed. Dr. Felahy and our hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures, including dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMJ.
Should the signs point to gingivitis, or more severe gum disease, we may talk with you about root scaling or planing as a future consideration. These measures are instrumental in preventing bone loss, which in turn keeps you pain free with your own natural teeth and smile.
Smoking, especially when combined with alcohol consumption of 30 drinks a week or more, tends to represent the primary risk factor for oral cancer. It is now estimated that this dangerous combination most likely serves as the trigger for about 75% of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. There are, however, other lifestyle and environmental factors that can increase your risks of developing oral cancer.
During a dental exam, Dr. Felahy checks your neck and oral tissue for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. Screenings of early changes in the oral tissue help detect possible cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
It is critical to remove plaque and tartar from tooth pockets because—separate from the bacterial toxins that irritate your gums—plaque and the rougher surfaces of tartar make it much easy for bacteria to take root and spread. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure that helps combat the effects of such bacteria. In this procedure, the hygienist or Dentist removes plaque and tartar from below your gum line. The root surfaces are then cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments.
We are happy to serve Rocklin and Roseville with the latest dentist services, techniques and equipment. Contact our office to book your consultation appointment today!