Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Care

Cleburne Dental Studio gives our patients all the time needed to help them develop proper oral hygiene habits at home in addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth while at our office.

We will give you tips to alter your process of taking care of your teeth if needed and help you make the right adjustments for better oral hygiene. Our doctors will also provide you with tips to help prevent against teeth grinding & TMJ. For example, the use of nightguards.

We may recommend that a scaling and root planing is required to stop the progression of severe gum disease or periodontitis

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Oral Cancer Screenings

Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated. During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. The primary risk factor for oral cancer is smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption. Smoking accounts for more than 75% of oral cancer cases in the country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

Scaling & Root Planing

There is a natural pocket that exists between our teeth and gums. Often these pockets fill with plaque and eventually tartar. These areas cannot be cleaned well with a toothbrush and floss. Tartar is tenacious and these pockets can be deep in a more progressed form of periodontal disease.

If left untreated periodontal disease results in bone loss, pain, bleeding gums, mobility of teeth and eventually the loss of teeth. It is also linked to our systemic health. Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease and strokes. Research indicates that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease and can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Diabetics are more likely to have periodontal disease and periodontal disease can also increase blood sugar putting diabetics at increased risk for diabetic complications. During a scaling and root planing or SRP, the Dr. removes plaque and tartar from the pockets below the gum line to minimize the bacterial count in the oral cavity and inactivate the progression of the disease.