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12 Porter Street
Melrose, MA 02176

(781) 665-1552

Hours:

Mon.   7:15am – 5:30pm
Tues.  7:15am – 5:30pm
Wed.   7:15am – 7:30pm
Thurs. 7:15am – 5:30pm

 

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Melrose Family Dental Services

A dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar along with the evaluation of surrounding gums, also a fluoride application if appropriate. The benefits of a cleaning are:

1. The prevention of gum disease

Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis are serious infections. The word “periodontal” means “around the tooth”. The most common and mildest form is gingivitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue due to the long term effects of plaque deposits. Plaque is a sticky material made of bacteria, mucus and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it turns into a hard deposit called tartar or calculus. This tartar then becomes attached at the gum line of the tooth. The bacteria and toxins they produce cause the gums to become infected, swollen and tender. Gingivitis is reversible.

Symptoms:
  • Bleeding, Redness, Swelling, Tenderness
Treatment:
  • Regular 6 month cleanings.
  • Homecare regimen that includes: Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with Listerine or Crest Pro Health.

Periodontitis

Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. The plaque and tartar continue to build up migrating under the gum tissue toward the supporting bone. Each tooth has a natural pocket depth of 1-3mm of unattached gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. These pockets are warm, dark and moist, which is the perfect combination to harbor bacteria and allow them to multiply. As bacteria build up, the toxins begin to destroy the attached gum tissue causing a deeper pocket to form. The deeper the bacteria are allowed to go, the more damage they cause. In time it will cause bone loss and eventually lead to tooth loss and other health problems.

Treatment:
  • More frequent cleanings, every 3-4 months.
  • Scaling and root planning (deep scale)
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Referral to a periodontist for surgery.

2. Oral cancer screening

3. Improvement in appearance

4. Detection of dental problems

5. Oral hygiene instructions

  • Brush twice a day, morning and night for 2 minutes.
  • Always use a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Electric brushes are highly recommended
  • Floss once a day, best before bed.
  • Rinse with a fluoride rinse such as Act once a day to help prevent cavities. Do not eat or drink for 30 min. after rinsing.
  • Rinse with Listerine or Crest Pro Health once a day to help kill bacteria.

6. Lowers risk of heart disease

Regular dental cleanings will help prevent the growth of bacteria and infections in the mouth. These bacteria can travel through the mouth to different parts of the body and cause health problems. Untreated periodontal disease can affect the blood vessels leading to the heart, thereby increasing the chances of heart disease and stroke.

Cleanings

Digital X-Rays

Fillings

Crowns & Bridges

Whitening

Nightguards

Sealants

Dentures & Partials