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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Treatment

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At Norco Family Dental, we understand how important your questions are. Not only do we want to hear them, we encourage them! When you as a patient feel comfortable asking what's on your mind, everyone benefits. You feel better when you understand the treatment we are completing, and we are able to provide you the best care.

While each patient has individual questions and concerns, there are many common ones that can be pertinent to most. If you can’t find answers to your questions here, please feel free to contact us at (970) 356-5277 so that we can help!

Periodontal Treatment

If you have recently noticed that your gums bleed or you have chronic bad breath that mouthwash can’t eliminate, there’s a good chance you have gum disease. This is a bacterial infection of the gums that we need to treat promptly to minimize the risk to your oral and general health and overall well-being.

At Norco Family Dental, we individualize periodontal treatment for our Greeley, CO patients’ unique needs. Once we identify that you have gum disease or gingivitis, we will match the treatment method to your needs.

Gum Disease Treatment in West Greeley

Treatment for mild gum disease includes a thorough teeth cleaning with one of our gentle hygienists. During this appointment, she’ll also review your at-home hygiene techniques and give you pointers for getting the most out of brushing and flossing.

Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis, and at this stage, the infection has started to also attack the bone and structures that support your teeth. This stage requires a deep dental cleaning, where your hygienist “scales” or removes every trace of plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Next, she “planes” root surfaces to smooth them out and eliminate places where bacteria can hide and cause another infection.

Do You Need Periodontal Treatment in Greeley, CO?

If you notice classic gum disease symptoms like bleeding or swollen gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, call Norco Family Dental to schedule a dental cleaning today.

Woman smiling at dental exam and cleaning in Greeley, CORegular dental cleanings at our Greeley, CO dental office are an essential part of overall oral health, and it’s not just because your teeth get cleaned (although that is important too).

Having regular dental checkups is like having routine physicals. It’s important to catch things before they get too advanced. 

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Dental Cleanings – Plaque gets on teeth after you eat. No matter how much you brush, it’s impossible to get everything off. And, over time, plaque becomes hard and turns into calculus (tartar). Calculus can only be removed by dental instruments. A cleaning every six months allows the dentist to remove all of the tartar and plaque and also apply fluoride that will help strengthen teeth.

Dental Exams – Six-month visits are also crucial because of the dental exam. Dr. Stewart or Dr. Buffington will use radiographs and a clinical exam to look at your teeth and gums and fix any problems before they become a bigger deal. Cavities don’t develop overnight, and catching them when they are small is ideal. They are simple, easy, and cost-effective to remove before they get big. 

Radiographs – X-rays will be taken every 6 to 12 months and allow the doctors to ensure that your teeth are healthy beyond what they can see.

Call Norco Family Dental in Greeley, CO to schedule your next dental cleaning today!

Close up of tooth brush and floss at dentist office in West GreeleyBrushing your teeth is so important to your dental hygiene! But no matter how effective brushing is, a toothbrush can’t reach all the spaces between your teeth; this is where floss comes in. 

When you eat food, it gets all over, especially in between teeth. Brushing is great at getting the top, front and back of teeth. But in between…not so great. When you floss your teeth, you’re scraping away all the food and bacteria that will eventually become a cavity.

What Happens if You Don't Floss

If you forget to floss, the food will remain between your teeth. Eventually, the food turns into plaque. Plaque is still easily removed with a toothbrush and floss, but eventually, plaque will turn into tartar. Also known as calculus, tartar can only be removed by our dentist. This is why regular teeth cleanings and dental exams in Greeley, CO are so important. 

Proper Flossing Technique

In addition, flossing is technique sensitive! When you floss, you should be moving the thread up and down both teeth that you are in between. This will keep your teeth fresh and clean, reduce cavities, and help freshen your breath! 

If you have questions or would like some pointers for improving your hygiene routine, please contact Norco Family Dental at (970) 356-5277

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