When To See a Periodontist

Many people stand the risk of getting gum disease because of poor oral hygiene. Consequently, they might need to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Most dentists can routinely treat a mild type of gum disease. However, if the gum disease is progressed to a complicated state, most dentists prefer that the patient see a specialist for an in depth assessment. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Some of the services a periodontist offer include: tooth extraction; deep gum cleaning; placement of implants, root therapy; cosmetic dental procedures and any type of surgery to the jaw bone. Continue reading

Infection Control in the Dental Office: Why It’s Important

dreamstime_xs_32634520Infection control within the dental practice involves two basic factors: preventing the transmission of dangerous microorganisms from patient and team members and killing the microorganisms from surfaces and dental instruments. Read on for more important facts on how proper infection control is achieved.

Hand Washing: Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and sterilization technicians regularly come into contact with bacteria and other pathogens that can easily be transferred through contact with blood and saliva, making hand washing between patients a must. Continue reading