Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment in Stratford

Our friendly hygienists are very interested in your oral health.

Helping you have healthy, strong teeth for life

With thorough and regular cleanings by our professional hygienists, we can help you accomplish the goal of healthy teeth and gums for life. Regular cleanings can also prevent gum disease. We make sure all our patients know how to take control of their own dental health at home between visits.

Oravital System for oral and body health

Cleanings  & Gum Disease TreatmentOne of the main contributors to severe gum disease and bad breath are harmful bacteria contained in the biofilm in the mouth. These harmful bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause disease and inflammation in other areas of the body.

We utilize the Oravital System, a safe and very effective program to detect and treat bacteria that can cause periodontal disease.

Harmful bacteria can cause infection and bone loss

Harmful bacteria can grow out of control and start destroying the gums surrounding the teeth. When this occurs, you may notice bleeding of the gums and inflammation, but it can exist even without those symptoms. Left unchecked, the bacteria cause inflammation and infection in the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets for more bacteria to collect in. Eventually, the jaw bone can deteriorate, leading to tooth loss.

Creating a balanced bacteria environment

Using the Oravital System helps us identify any oral infection or verify there is none. Bacteria samples are safely and easily taken from the tongue, throat and teeth and sent to a lab for analysis.

If the results show an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, we can treat it short term with an antibiotic rinse, which results in a healthy, balanced oral bacteria environment. We will monitor your oral health and treat any recurring areas of harmful bacteria as needed.

Utilizing special mouthwashes along with regular dental visits and good home maintenance, we can effectively restore your oral health, which is not only good for your teeth and gums, but for your entire body.

Gentle, thorough Teeth Cleanings

Patient education is part of every teeth cleaning.

Patient education is part of every cleaning.

All of our friendly hygienists are very well trained. In fact, they regularly participate in continuing education on the newest high-tech hygiene procedures and using those skills for your benefit. They take care to be gentle while at the same time being very thorough while cleaning and polishing your teeth. This level of hygiene service is paramount in keeping tooth decay and gum disease at bay.

Patient education

Proper oral health is accomplished by both the patient’s at-home dental care as well as regular dental visits. Our experienced and helpful hygienists make it part of their job to educate you on how you can routinely and effectively practice good oral hygiene at home between visits. We utilize the GURU patient education system, using easy to understand videos. We can also use teeth models to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment

Our hygienists use ultrasonic scalers to make your cleanings & gum disease treatment more comfortable and efficient.

Ultrasonic scaler for maximum comfort and effectiveness

An ultrasonic scaler is a hand-held device that removes tartar, hard mineral deposits and stains from teeth with the use of high frequency vibrations. Working above and below the gum line, these deposits are comfortably removed while posing no harm to your teeth or gums.

Comfortable Gum Disease Treatment

Eliminating gum disease is a primary target for our skilled hygienists. When any is found, they will remove it using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures, once again restoring your gums to a healthy condition.

Mild to moderate gum disease treatment

Mild to moderate gum disease is treated with scaling and root planing. This procedure removes the tartar from the teeth and will also smooth the root surface of the tooth below the gum line. A smooth surface prevents further bacteria from collecting on it. Gums become inflamed and diseased and pull away from the teeth when bacteria are allowed to remain and grow. When it is removed, the gums will once again shrink and resume their tight hold on the tooth it surrounds. This easy and comfortable procedure can effectively save teeth that could otherwise become loose and eventually fall out due to untreated gum disease.

Eliminating the bacteria that causes gum disease

Cleanings & Gum Disease TreatmentBacteria from food particles can collect in deep pockets below the gum line and in hard-to-reach areas, such as the back teeth. Once scaling and root planing is completed, we can address any of these areas with a prescription antibiotic. Using antibiotics such as Arestin or PerioChip, we place the medication directly in the pockets. In a matter of just a few Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatmentdays, the antibiotics slowly dissolve while eliminating the bacteria. Once the bacteria is removed, the gums will rejuvenate and tighten around the tooth, holding it securely it in place.

Treating Severe Gum Disease

Our doctors can also treat severe gum disease. This condition can occur when bacteria has remained on the teeth for too long. This is more serious as it can destroy the bone in the jaw and cause tooth loss as well as spread to other soft tissue areas. Additionally, gum disease that is severe can also contribute to other health factors, such as heart attacks and strokes.

In addition to scaling and root planing, it may be necessary to remove small areas of the diseased gum, a procedure called curettage. It is considered non-surgical and may only require a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable. When it is removed, it allows the healthy tissue to continue growing, thus rejuvenating the gums and restoring them to a healthy condition.

To make an appointment, call 203.378.9500 or click here to request an appointment online.