Dr. Hsu and is team of dental hygienists have the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a new dentist for your regular checkups and dental hygiene.
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Hope Mojica has been in dentistry for 17 years. She started assisting the doctors first, and even worked in the front office before becoming a hygienist. She resides in Hutto with her husband and 2 sons. They love staying active and being outdoors. Hope prides herself in being gentle and helping patients with their oral wellness visits and overall health goals.
“Had a great first visit with these lovely people. Very welcoming, very professional. Great hygienist, thorough and friendly. They have TVs and I watched one of my favorite baking shows while they worked. Good knowledge of insurance.”
Hope, dental hygienist, with a high-tech dental office located in Round Rock, is always educated and informed on the latest and greatest dental hygiene technologies and trends.
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Every patient should have their teeth cleaned by a dentist on a regular basis. Maintaining good oral health and preserving dental restorations are essential goals of these appointments.
The American Dental Association recommends dental cleanings every six months for the average patient. This is a reasonable number of visits, but in many cases, it is excessive. The reason for this is that your dentist should examine your teeth and recommend how often you should have them cleaned. Your dental and overall health will be taken care of if you follow our team’s advice and have cleanings every three to four months or so. To avoid dental issues like decay and periodontal disease, it is essential to follow this advice.
What can I expect during my dental cleaning appointment?
The dental hygienist will first conduct a “periodontal probing depths” exam during a cleaning visit. Dentists can use that information to diagnose gum diseases. The hygienist will perform a preventive cleaning, also known as prophylaxis or “prophy” in patients with no infection. Ultrasonic instruments are used to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth during this cleaning procedure. Afterwards, the teeth are cleaned and polished with high-performance brushes to remove staining. A fluoride mouthwash will also be recommended by a dental hygienist. To prevent tooth decay, fluoride may also be applied by the dentist.
When it comes to patients with gum disease, the cleaning process is different. To heal gums and remove tartar below the gumline, a prophylactic cleaning will not suffice. In this case, additional periodontal therapy, such as scaling and root planing, will be recommended by the dentist. It’s called “deep cleaning,” and it’s a more extensive cleaning procedure.
Video 01:00 | Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and eating balanced, healthy meals are important to maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dental visits are also extremely important to prevent and treat oral disease.
How often should patients visit the office for cleanings?
The dental hygienist will first conduct a periodontal probing depths exam during a cleaning visit. Dentists can use this information to diagnose gum disease or not. The hygienist will perform a preventive cleaning, also known as prophylaxis or “prophy,” in patients with no infection. Ultrasonic instruments will be used to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth during this cleaning procedure. Afterwards, the teeth are cleaned and polished with high-performance brushes. A fluoride mouthwash will also be recommended by a dental hygienist. To prevent tooth decay, fluoride may also be applied by the dentist.
When it comes to patients with gum disease, the cleaning process is different. To heal gums and remove tatar below the gumline, a prophylactic cleaning will not suffice. In this case, additional periodontal therapy, such as scaling and root planing, will be recommended by the dentist. It’s called “deep cleaning,” and it’s a more extensive cleaning procedure.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a common dental condition. It’s an early stage of periodontal disease as, if left untreated, it can progress and damage the bone tissue that holds teeth in place.
An appointment should be scheduled with us if a patient notices bleeding while brushing or flossing their teeth. If your doctor sees any signs of gingivitis during the consult, he will recommend a course of treatment. Knowing that this condition is treatable and reversible in its early stages is essential.
How is Gingivitis treated?
Gum disease, or gingivitis, can be brought on by a variety of factors, the most common of which is a buildup of dental plaque along the gum line. This plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, resulting in bleeding.
Professional cleanings and daily home care (brushing and flossing with a proper technique) are the most common methods for reducing inflammation.
But in some cases, additional resources like dental lasers and antimicrobial rinses are needed to remove all the bacteria and reduce the inflammation of the mouth.
It is critical to treat this disease as soon as possible. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that causes irreversible damage to the tissues of the periodontal arch.
What are the most common signs of Gingivitis?
Bleeding gums are the most common symptom of gingivitis. While brushing or flossing, most patients notice this bleeding, but it can also occur on its own. Halitosis (persistent bad breath) is a common symptom, as is the inability to keep your breath fresh after brushing.
Make an appointment at Red Bud Dental if you notice any bleeding, persistent bad breath, or swollen and tender gums. Your oral health will be evaluated by Red Bud Dental, who will make treatment recommendations based on his findings.
Video 01:00 | If your gums are tender, swollen or bleed easily when flossing, you may have gingivitis—the early stage of gum disease. Fortunately, gingivitis can be prevented by following a good oral health care routine and by regularly visiting a dentist. Find out more about how to reduce the risk of gingivitis and, if needed, how to treat it.
What happens when patients don’t treat Gingivitis?
It’s much easier to reverse the effects of Gingivitis if treated early on. However, ignoring these early stages of periodontal disease is likely to progress the disease.
The bacteria that cause gingivitis advances to the root of the tooth, causing periodontal tissue and bone to be damaged. If the patient has advanced gum disease, they will need to visit the dentist several times for extensive cleanings (“deep cleanings”).
Patients who may be suffering from this condition should see a dentist as soon as possible. Untreated periodontal disease can lead to teeth loss.
Periodontal Therapy: Scaling and Root Planing
A deep-cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing (SRP) is used to treat periodontal disease in patients. Teeth roots are cleaned and polished during this procedure to remove dental plaque and hardened tartar. Two or more appointments are typically required for SRP, and in some cases, numbing is necessary to make the procedure more comfortable for the patient.
Dentists can sometimes use a medical rinse or an antibiotic therapy to remove bacteria from the root and surrounding gum tissue.
How to treat late-stage periodontal disease?
Later stages of gum disease are more difficult to treat as the tooth’s root loses a significant amount of bone tissue. If the disease worsens, the only solution is tooth extraction and replacement with a dental bridge or implant.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. At Red Bud Dental, we take extra care to prevent periodontal disease because:
We encourage our patients to schedule regular appointments with our dental office and to practice good oral hygiene at home in order to keep the disease under control early on and avoid more serious complications.
Video 01:00 | Gums that are red, tender or swollen may indicate periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Because you can have periodontal disease without knowing it, it’s important to visit your dentist for periodontal screening.
Can periodontal disease be cured?
In contrast to gingivitis, which can be cured, periodontal disease can only be controlled. There is little hope of reversing the damage done to the teeth’s supporting bone by the disease; it won’t be able to re-grow.
Periodontal disease can be managed by Red Bud Dental, we will help halt its progression to minimize long-term effects. In addition, patients must actively participate in their own care in order to get the best results. It is imperative that they maintain a strict daily oral hygiene regimen and visit the dental office for professional cleanings. In order to keep the roots and the surrounding tissue as healthy as possible, dentists perform periodontal maintenance cleanings. Maintenance cleanings every three to four months will be necessary for the long-term control of periodontitis.