addition to cleaning, polishing, and an examination
of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients
develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will
evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments
to your routine where needed.
If after your periodontal screening it is determined
that you have periodontal disease we may recommend
periodontal therapy including root scaling or planing
or referal to a periodontist if needed. These measures
can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping
you to keep your natural teeth.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure
in which plaque and tartar are removed from below
the gum line. It is important to remove the plaque
and tartar from the pockets because aside from the
bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and
tartar make it easier for bacteria to adhere to the
teeth and cause further damage to the teeth, gums,
Oral Cancer Screenings
During your dental exam, Dr. Do will check your neck
and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or
recurring sore areas.
Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can
help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption
(30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor
for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated
to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent
of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle
and environmental factors also may increase your risk
of developing oral cancer.