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Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional cleaning of the teeth is sometimes called dental prophylaxis is performed by one of our highly trained Registered Dental Hygienists.

A regular professional cleaning is an essential foundation for the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease and is part of an effective preventive program.

New Patient Special

Dr. Malone welcomes new patients and is pleased to offer an attractive new patient special. Call 760-291-8454 for details and a free consultation.

Cleanings Include:

Elimination of calculus (also called tartar)
Calculus is plaque that has remained on the teeth for an extended time and is now hardened and firmly attached to the surfaces of the teeth. It will form both above and below the gum line, and it requires special dental instruments to remove it.

Removal of plaque
Plaque is a colorless, sticky biofilm that forms on the surfaces of the teeth. It is a combination of saliva, living bacteria, and food debris. The bacteria produce acids that cause the gum tissue to become inflamed. The inflammation is the beginning of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing
Remove the plaque and stains that are not removed by tooth brushing or scaling.

Periodontal Pocket Charting
Annually, a periodontal evaluation is completed at your hygiene visit to insure that your gum tissue is healthy or that your periodontal disease is not progressing.

Evaluation of your oral hygiene home care
In addition, we will evaluate and suggest improvements to your current dental hygiene home care routine. The most crucial part of Preventive Dental Care occurs at home. Effective daily oral hygiene routines and regular dental visits will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. We want your personal preventive efforts to be effective and help you to maintain a healthy, comfortable, and attractive smile.

Update necessary X-rays (as needed only) and oral exam
Periodically, updated x-rays are taken to diagnose any possible problems that may have developed since your last visit. Our goal is to prevent problems before they develop whenever possible. If a problem has developed, early detection and treatment is best to avoid discomfort and more costly treatment.

Oral cancer screening
One person per hour of every day dies of oral cancer. The death rate is high because it is frequently not diagnosed until it is in the advanced stages. It is 90 percent curable when detected and diagnosed in the earliest stages. You will be screened for oral cancer at your regular cleaning appointment.

Blood Pressure Screening
High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You could have this dangerous condition and not know it. If your blood pressure is too high, it is a serious risk factor for serious medical problems such as heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. You will be screened for high blood pressure at your regular cleaning appointment.

Evaluation of your existing dental restorations
Your existing dental restorations and dental appliances will be evaluated at each doctor exam.

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The Mouth – Body Connection

Emerging science is demonstrating that poor oral health is linked with numerous serious medical conditions. A regular Dental Health Preventive Program will help protect you from the following.

Heart Disease
Bacteria from chronically inflamed and infected gum tissue can enter the blood stream through the mouth and lead to an increase in plaque formation in heart arteries, which causes cholesterol to be deposited in the walls of the heart vessels.

Stroke
Periodontal disease contributes to thickening of blood vessels. Bacteria in the blood stream can be a factor for clotting of the blood. These micro-clots can lead to reduced blood flow in the blood vessels in the brain, leading to strokes. People with advancing periodontal disease have a 4.3 times greater risk of stroke.

Diabetes
Diabetics are more susceptible to infection and delay in healing. Periodontal disease can cause infections when not treated or it is not under control. In addition, a severe periodontal condition lengthens the time period when persons with diabetes experiences a high blood sugar level.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Bacteria from a gum disease condition can be carried into the airways of the throat and lungs by the bloodstream. Studies are finding that periodontal disease may increase the risk for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) this respiratory disorder is the sixth leading cause of mortality in the U.S.

Cancer Risk Factor
Periodontal disease is associated with a small but significant increase in cancer risk. Research has shown a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer.

Pre-term, Low Birth-Weight Babies
Mothers with periodontal disease are six times more likely to deliver preterm, low-birth-weight babies.

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