Dental Cleanings in Smyrna, GA
We work hard on dental prevention at Hosaka Family Dental in Smyrna, GA.
Almost everyone needs regular professional dental cleanings to maintain their oral health. Germ buildup in the form of plaque (the soft mushy film that can be brushed and flossed away) and tartar (the hard, stone-like deposits that are strongly attached to the teeth) can buildup up over time. Regular brushing and flossing help to minimize these deposits, but some areas can be difficult to keep clean without the help of the dentist or hygienist.
At the same dental appointment as your dental cleaning, Dr. Hosaka performs an oral cancer screening, and tooth and gum exam. As part of the oral cancer screening, he checks for lumps, growths, and other abnormal findings in your oral cavity. With the help of digital x-rays and high powered magnifying glasses called loupes, he examines each tooth and gum area to check for problems such as cavities, fractures or gum disease.
If a problem is found, Dr. Hosaka can review with you not only what needs to be done, but also how to avoid the problem again in the future. This may include advice on oral hygiene instructions or a discussion about your food diet to minimize the risk of getting cavities.
Do I have gum disease in Smyrna, GA?
When plaque and tartar deposits are not effectively removed, the germs can cause the gums to get weak and puffy, bleeding easily. Over time, the teeth can become loose when the bone support under the gums starts to melt away and shrink. This is known as gum disease.
The scary part about gum disease is that most of time, the teeth and gums will not hurt until major damage has occurred. Patients with gum disease may notice bleeding gums or bad breath. During the new patient exam in Smyrna, GA, Dr. Ryo will carefully check the conditions of your gums to determine the type of dental cleaning you need to optimize your gum health.
Possible signs of gum disease
- Puffy or red gums
- Visible tartar buildup at the base of your gums
- Bleeding gums during flossing or brushing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Most of the time we can return your gums to a healthy state by doing a special, thorough dental cleaning that targets tartar and germ buildup around and underneath your gums. Our experienced and gentle dental hygienists, Julie and Kathy can help you. To keep you comfortable they will use a potent numbing gel that is placed around the gums as they do the cleaning.
With regular maintenance cleanings and good oral hygiene, we can prevent gum disease from returning.
Contact Hosaka Family Dental to Learn More
Dr. Hosaka, your family dentist in Smyrna, GA, wants to help you keep your teeth forever. Please call our dental office to set up your new patient exam today.