Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment
High-tech hygiene for a clean, healthy smile!
Dr. Charles Flowers considers the preservation of your teeth and gums to be his first priority. He combines gentle ultrasonic gum therapy, a deep cleaning and antibiotic therapy to fight gum disease.
He also offers expert gum disease prevention counseling. Over the last three decades, Dr. Flowers’ gum care has saved many of his patients from the need to undergo gum surgery.
Thorough, gentle Ultrasonic Cleanings
Our hygienist uses an ultrasonic scaler, which breaks down bacteria and removes tarter, calculus and plaque without harming your teeth like traditional scrapers can.
With this modern technology, our hygienist can quickly and effectively clean your teeth using gentle sound waves. And after your cleaning she’ll polish them so they are bright and shiny!
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the Inflammation of the soft tissue (gingiva) and abnormal loss of bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. Dr. Flowers designs a soft-tissue management program for our patients with gum disease.
Our hygienist will carefully remove bacteria, tartar and infected tissue from the root surfaces of your teeth. This allows the gum tissue to tighten around the teeth and help seal out harmful bacteria.
ARESTIN® Antibiotic Therapy
Dr. Flowers will sometimes place ARESTIN in infected gum pockets below your gum line. ARESTIN contains microspheres—tiny bead-like particles—that release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal more fully.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease
- Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
- Gums are very red, purplish, tender and / or swollen
- You can see pus in between your teeth and gums when they are pressed
- Gums feel tender or hurt when touched
- Gums pull away from your teeth, making your teeth look longer than normal
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Changes in the way teeth fit together when biting down
- Loose or separating permanent teeth