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Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is of major importance in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A daily routine of brushing and flossing is essential for establishing and continuing oral health. At Century City Periodontics we are greatly interested in helping our patients learn the best ways to care for their own dental health. Our dentists and hygienists offer excellent instruction in all the preventative techniques available. We begin by showing the most effective ways for patients to brush and floss their own teeth. There are many different types of toothbrushes available and some will be better than others for a particular dental and gingival condition.

There are also many varieties of dental floss and we can help find what works best for you. Some people have very sensitive teeth and gums. They will need to use toothpastes that will allow them to more effectively brush their teeth. For other people there are special oral rinses that can be prescribed to help maintain dental and gingival health.

Part of an effective oral hygiene regimen is professional cleaning at regular intervals. At Century City Periodontics we have a team of experienced dental hygienists. They are skilled at oral hygiene instruction, standard dental cleanings and the deeper cleanings called scaling and root planings. At an initial visit with one of our Periodontists a patient's overall dental health is evaluated.

A program of professional cleanings is then frequently part of the treatment plan discussed and decided upon by the dentist and patient. The number and kind of professional cleanings will depend upon the severity of any periodontal disease. Patients with mild or no gingivitis may need only a few cleanings a year while patients with more severe periodontal disease may need a series of scalings at weekly intervals.

It is very common for a patient whose periodontal condition has been stabilized to have a professional cleaning at 3 or 4 month intervals. At each cleaning appointment the hygienist will carefully note any changes in oral health and any problems can be promptly brought to the Periodontist's attention.

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