Periodontal or gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection affecting the supporting structures of your teeth including gum and bone. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two common forms of periodontal disease. Targeting one or many teeth, periodontal disease begins when bacteria in plaque inflames the gums. Plaque not removed by brushing or flossing your teeth will harden and become tartar. Only scaling by a dental hygienist can remove tartar buildup.
Here at Dr. Gordon Hall’s dental office we encourage preventative hygiene care. We start preventative hygiene with patients as young as three years old, scheduling six month care visits until they reach adolescence. For teenagers or children with braces, your hygienist might recommend visiting the office three or four times a year in order to control issues like gingivitis. Once an adult, we highly encourage you to schedule cleanings with your hygienist at least twice a year as well as seeing a dentist yearly for an examination. It is not unusual for our adult patients to visit three or four times a year to better care for their gums.
A routine preventative hygiene visit at Dr. Gordon Hall’s office in Brighton may include: