Regular dental visits with Dr. Jaurequi combined with good oral habits like brushing and flossing help prevent gum diseases, cavities, and tooth loss before they happen. Dr. Jaurequi recommends coming to your dental check-ups every six months or more often for patients with a history of gum disease.
During your checkup, we use high-tech diagnostics like 3-D imaging, digital x-rays, and intraoral cameras to capture accurate images of your teeth and gums. Dr. Jaurequi then discusses his findings with you, addresses your concerns and needs, and provides recommendations that will help you maintain optimum oral health and wellness.
Teeth Cleanings with Our Gentle Hygienist
Dental exams provide us with the big picture of what’s happening with your smile, and regular teeth cleanings focus on the health of your gums. For most of our patients, Dr. Jaurequi recommends an appointment with our dental hygienist every six months – more frequently if you have a history of gum disease.
Be aware of these symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen, tender, or puffy gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Teeth that feel loose to the touch
Our gentle and skilled dental hygienists take pride in their work to help you maintain a healthy smile through preventive treatment of gum disease. Gum disease is easy to prevent and treat in the earliest stages, so it’s a good idea to be proactive with regular teeth cleaning appointments.
Gingivitis (Early Gum Disease) and Treatment
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease caused by plaque buildup around the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is treatable and reversible. Twice daily brushing, twice daily flossing, and twice-daily rinsing with an ADA-approved antiseptic rinse combined with regular dental cleanings and exams can prevent gingivitis. If gingivitis is not addressed, it can progress and develop into the more serious non-reversible stage of gum disease called periodontitis.
Periodontal Disease and Treatment
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease and is non-reversible. It attacks the structures that support your teeth, including the bone and the connective tissue and loosen them until that they fall out. The leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease.
Periodontal treatment involves scaling and root planning (deep cleaning). In advanced cases, Dr. Jaurequi may also recommend gum surgery with a periodontist (gum specialist). The goal is to prevent any further progression of gum disease and tooth loss.
Is It Time for Your Dental Checkup?
At Hawaiian Island Dental, we would love to help you enjoy the benefits of excellent oral health and a beautiful smile.
Call us at (808) 245-8866 if you would like to schedule a checkup with Dr. Jaurequi. We look forward to seeing you smile!