Preventive & Periodontal Care in Hershey PA
We’re here to provide you with the tools you need for excellent oral health, but it also requires an effort on your part to achieve that goal. Following proper oral hygiene at home is the first step, but it must be coupled with dental exams and professional cleanings to be really effective.
The Dental Exam
Our exams focus on your entire mouth so we can detect problems that may be developing, like the onset of gum disease, bite problems, and even early signs of oral cancer. If you’re a new patient, Dr. Davis and our team will take the opportunity to talk to you about your long-term expectations for a healthy mouth. As we get to know you, we’ll learn about your priorities and how we can help you achieve your goals in a way that makes sense for you.
We’ll check your dental bite for malocclusion and note the condition of any existing dental work. Digital radiographs (x-rays) help us see if any problems are developing deep inside your teeth. Dr. Davis will take all these details into account to develop a long-term comprehensive treatment plan.
The Importance of Professional Dental Cleanings
Even if you’re diligent about your family’s oral hygiene practices, you still need regular professional dental cleanings to completely remove the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. At the office of Wesley R. Davis, DDS, we follow the guidelines set by the American Dental Association (ADA) and recommend that you schedule semi-annual cleanings for you and your family.
A lack of proper oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings puts you at risk for developing periodontal disease, a serious threat to your oral health and overall well-being. If we don’t catch gum disease in its earliest stages during routine cleanings, your teeth may become loose, leading to eventual tooth loss and loss of bone in your jaw. Gum disease is such a prevalent problem that it is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
Gentle Periodontal Treatment
Gum disease starts when bacteria-laden plaque builds up between your teeth and under the gums. Without treatment, pockets deepen, separating the teeth and gums. Your teeth may loosen, and without treatment, they may be lost.
During each professional cleaning at our Hershey dental office, our highly experienced dental hygienist looks for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the depth of these gum pockets. Depending on the extent of disease present, we may recommend scaling and root planing. Also referred to as a deep cleaning, this procedure involves gentle removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus deposits to aid in healing.
Our goal is to restore and maintain the health of your teeth and gums by developing a personalized treatment plan. Your needs are unique, and our hygienist will customize your periodontal care to meet those specific needs. We’ll take the time to explain your treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have.
Take the First Step to a Healthier Smile
The time to take steps to protect your oral health is sooner rather than later. If you believe you may have gum disease or if you are overdue for a dental cleaning, please contact our Hershey dental office and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment for your next exam and cleaning. We look forward to being your partner in your oral health care!