Dental Check-Ups

Dental treatment in a timely manner

What happens at each dental check-up?

At each check-up Dr. David Chow will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth
  • Ask about your general health
  • Ask about any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about and give you advice on your diet, tobacco and alcohol use, and teeth cleaning habits
  • Discuss with you a date for your next visit.

Dental cleanings

Why do I need a professional teeth cleaning?

No matter how diligent you are at taking care of your teeth at home, harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that can only be removed by a dental professional. These bacteria can cause gum disease, and significantly affect your overall health. The bacteria that cause gum disease are the same as those linked to heart disease and other illnesses, and as many as 90% of adults have some form of gum disease. Your hygienist and Dr. David Chow work together as co-therapists to help you manage your oral health.

Gingivitis is gum disease caused by bacteria that are in active, destructive state. Your gums become inflamed, swell and redden in response to the infection. To prevent advancement to periodontal disease, this condition must be aggressively treated. Blood on your toothbrush or when rinsing after brushing is a sign of gingivitis.

Periodontal disease, also called Periodontitis, is an active infection that destroys the very foundation of your teeth, the bone which keeps your teeth attached to your jaw. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause so much bone loss that your teeth become loose and fall out. Periodontal disease is diagnosed by measuring the depth of your gum pockets, checking for bleeding sites, and by assessing bone loss through digital x-rays and clinical observation. Periodontal disease is chronic, progressive, and episodic. While periodontal disease is irreversible, much like diabetes, it can be managed in partnership with your dental professionals.

Oral hygiene instructions

Developing good dental health habits at home is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Here are a few Oral Hygiene Instructions to help you keep your pearly whites in great shape.

How to brush properly:

How to floss effectively:

Oral product recommendations

Phillips Sonicare toothbrush

Proven to improve oral health Removes up to 7X more plaque than a manual toothbrush Improves gum health in only two weeks Whiten(s) teeth more than 2x better than a manual toothbrush Sensitive Mode: Gentle teeth and gum cleaning Helps whiten teeth

Peridex™ oral rinse

Prescription-strength Peridex™ oral rinse reduces bacteria in the mouth. It is available at Chow Dentistry and it is used to treat gingivitisgingivitis - swelling of the gums, or inflammation - swelling of the gums. Dr. David Chow may prescribe Peridex oral rinse if your gums are swollen and red, or if you notice bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.

Benefits:

  • Decrease bacteria in the mouth
  • Reduce gum redness and swelling
  • Control gum bleeding
  • Protect against gingivitis with prescription strength