Dental Hygiene

Unlimited Dentistry

Periodontists located in Goodyear, AZ

When it comes to your overall oral health, one of the best frontline tools you have is your regular visit with the dental hygienist. A professional cleaning at the hands of the dental hygienist at Unlimited Dentistry affords you the opportunity to stay one step ahead of your dental health. To prevent decay and gum disease, call Unlimited Dentistry in Goodyear, Arizona, to make an appointment with the dental hygienist. Or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Dental Hygiene Q & A

Unlimited Dentistry

What does a dental hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is your partner in preventive oral care. Through regular professional cleanings twice a year and digital imaging, the hygienist works with you to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

The hygienist not only provides a thorough cleaning of your teeth, they are trained to spot potential problems and bring them to the dentist’s attention. For this reason, you should discuss any issues or concerns you have with your hygienist so they can investigate further.

What happens during a typical teeth cleaning?

When you first come in, the hygienist sits down with you and reviews any problems you may be having and then they perform a quick visual evaluation of your teeth.

With your particular needs in mind, the hygienist sets to work and:

  • Scrapes the plaque and tartar from your teeth
  • Scrubs your teeth with a gritty toothpaste
  • Thoroughly flosses your teeth
  • Rinses your teeth with fluoride

The entire process usually takes less than an hour. Once the hygienist is done, Dr. Unger comes in to review your teeth, paying close attention to any areas your hygienist points out. At this point (or before your cleaning) Dr. Unger may want to update the images he has on file for you to make sure your teeth are healthy both inside and out.

What is laser periodontal therapy?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the main driver behind tooth loss, which makes early intervention key. At Unlimited Dentistry, Dr. Unger and his team have had great success in treating gum disease with laser therapy.

Gum disease is an infection that can damage the tissue that holds your teeth in place, and even the harder bone structures, if left unchecked. With laser therapy, Dr. Unger goes in and removes the affected tissue from your gums in order to prevent the infection from spreading.

Once removed, Dr. Unger scrapes the exposed root in a procedure known as root scaling in order to remove the plaque buildup. Once removed, Dr. Unger planes (smooths) the surfaces of your root to prevent future buildup.

After the procedure, you simply wait for new, healthier gum tissue to come in.

For comprehensive and valuable preventive care, call Unlimited Dentistry to make an appointment with the dental hygienist. Or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.